'Bachelor In Paradise' Host Breaks Silence On Sexual Misconduct Controversy [VIDEO]
Bachelor In Paradise host, Chris Harrison, has broken his silence regarding the controversy that is making waves across social media.
In a statement to People magazine, Harrison addressed the rumors and confirmed that an investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations is currently underway.
"By now, no doubt, you have heard that we have suspended production on this season's Bachelor in Paradise," Harrison said. "I can confirm to you that this is sadly the case. Out of respect to all involved, there's only so much I can and will say at this time."
News broke yesterday that season four of the ABC reality show had production suspended amid a sexual misconduct scandal between two contestants.
Allegedly, DeMario Jackson took sexual advantage of Corinne Olympios while she was intoxicated in a pool. A field producer filed a complaint saying that Olympios may have been too drunk to provide consent.
Harrison's statement emphasized the importance of safety that production has when creating the show.
"Let me start by saying the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us," Harrison continued to say. "It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming. An investigation into the situation was started immediately. Warner Bros. is handling the details of that investigation."
An unidentified contestant has come forward and shared their thoughts about the scandal.
"People are pissed, and not just at DeMario. We're pissed that this whole thing happened," the contestant shared. "They could have seen that she was drinking too much and that he was taking advantage. They could have stopped this before it got this far. But they decided to let it go, and let it happen, and see what happened? So, I'm angry at the show, and everyone else is too."
It is still unknown if production will pick up after the investigation ends.