‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Contestant Speaks Out Anonymously After Scandal
Yesterday we brought you the story about how production of Bachelor In Paradise was halted do to “allegations of misconduct” during filming.
Turns out the “misconduct” in question reportedly involved DeMario Jackson in a sexual encounter with an intoxicated female contestant who may have been unable to consent. Today, one of the show’s contestants has weighed in on the situation.
Speaking on the condition on anonymity, a contestant told PEOPLE that at least two other contestants witnessed the incident. He/she shared:
“We were told to stay in a certain part of the [resort] while they figured out what the hell had happened. We knew something bad had happened; there was a dark energy that came around the house. You have to understand that we weren’t even there a week. The game hadn’t even really begun yet.”
The contestant continued:
“They stopped taping anything, and we were just kind of there, waiting in limbo. We couldn’t talk to each other about what we knew. On Thursday, one of the camera guys told me that they were probably going to shut down production. I didn’t realize that it was that serious until then. I was like, ‘wait, they’re thinking of canceling the show?’ It hadn’t even crossed my mind that they’d do that.”
The contestant said the producers informed them that the show was over the next day, and said that:
“One of them was crying. She told us that it was over and we’d all be going home. She said that there was an investigation going on, and that could take days, weeks or even months. And by that time, we all have lives and jobs and things to go back to, so it just wasn’t going to work out. They told us that we’d be considered for future seasons and opportunities in the franchise, but that this adventure was probably over.”
Apparently, the news mad a lot of people mad. The contestant continued:
“They could have stopped this before it got this far. We all feel used. We’re pissed off. People had planned their lives around this. Contestants quit their jobs for this. We all had to step away from our real lives for three weeks.”
The contestants receive financial compensation based on how many episodes they last, and it’s usually in the ballpark of $8,000-$15,000. The source revealed that they will probably get that stipend, but no prize money will be distributed.