The "Bachelor in Paradise" studio may be fine with whatever happened on set between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, but Corinne and her lawyer -- and "multiple new witnesses" -- are not finished with their investigation.
Earlier today, Warner Bros. issued a statement saying, among other things, that their internal investigation of set footage was complete and "the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member." They said production on this season would actually resume. ABC issued its own press release after that, confirming the show will still air this summer: "We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of 'Bachelor in Paradise.' Given their results, the series will resume production and will air this summer on ABC."
Later in the afternoon, Corinne's lawyer, Marty Singer, issued a statement to People:
"It needs to be made clear that production of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down because of multiple complaints received from BiP producers and crew member on the set. It was not shut down due to an complaint filed by Corinne against anyone.
It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard."
In other words, don't blame Corinne for the show taking a break, or for Corinne thinking that something "bad" had happened, since that's what she was told. She seems to be standing by her previous statement, that she has "little memory" of what happened and is looking for answers. She's also probably trying to clear her own name, which is taking a hit in Internet comments, with fans now blaming her and seeing Warner's statement as vindication for DeMario. It doesn't mean Corinne lied or smeared DeMario's name -- since she wasn't even the one who brought his name into this -- and it's fair to point out that Warner Bros. does have a direct interest in this all going away quickly, when Corinne does not.
So the drama continues, which is fitting for the always messy "Bachelor in Paradise."
If ABC keeps to its original schedule, with the cast returning to either acknowledge this controversy on screen or not, "Bachelor in Paradise" may just go ahead and premiere this August as planned.
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