‘Seriously Crushed’: Bachelor Nation Alum Weigh In on Bachelor in Paradise Controversy

Members of Bachelor nation are feeling a mix of emotions about the recent controversy that hit Paradise.

On Monday, two sources confirmed production was suspended after a producer raised concerns about an alleged sexual encounter between contestant DeMario Jackson, 30, and a female cast mate, both of whom had reportedly been drinking heavily all day. (No charges have been filed, and neither party has spoken out publicly about what happened.)

Numerous contestants — both past and present — who competed on either The Bachelor or The Bachelorette took to Twitter to weigh in on the alleged “misconduct” and express their sorrow over the suspension in filming.

“I’m heartbroken about BIP,” tweeted Raven Gates, who starred on The Bachelor season 21.

Similarly, Jasmine Goode (The Bachelor season 21) expressed her sadness about being sent home. “Seriously…crushed #BIP,” wrote Goode.

“You wouldn’t understand so because you weren’t there so please stop!” Goode tweeted when a Twitter user questioned her about the alleged assault.

Both Derek Peth (The Bachelorette season 12) and Taylor Nolan (The Bachelor season 21), who were set to star on season 4, also took to the social media app to address the scandal.

“My heart has been breaking all day. I’m constantly blown away by how horrible most of you are,” tweeted Peth.

“Good people make bad things better. Incredibly thankful for friends, family, chosen family, and this very special bachelor fam  #ripbip4,” tweeted Nolan.

While the current contestants were disappointed, Leah Block, who competed on The Bachelor season 20 and BiP season 3, also posted a series of tweets on Monday airing her seemingly negative experience with the show after news broke that production was halted.

“Just shows everyone how trashy that show is & how trashy the producers are to think it’s ok to film sexual activity on an ABC SHOW. #garbage,” she tweeted.

“All of these contestants (including myself) are supposed to trust these producers who we all think are our ‘friends.’ Yeah…definitely not,” she continued. “My opinion of the show is 100% towards the producers- not the contestants.”

On Monday, a source told PEOPLE that as of now, there is only an ongoing “internal investigation.”

“There are no authorities involved, no law enforcement but the incident was flagged internally and they take these matter seriously, so they’re looking into it,” said the source. “But Bachelor in Paradise will not be resuming — this summer at least.”

In the popular show, the network shipped Bachelor and Bachelorette alums to a Mexico beach house. The initial cast starts with an uneven number of men and women, and at the end of the week, they pair up during a rose ceremony, which determines who from the outnumbered group will be going home. Each week, the show brings in more contestants, which flips the rotation.

In situations of alleged sexual misconduct, PEOPLE declines to name the alleged victim.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/bachelor-in-paradise-controversy-bachelor-nation-alum-weigh-in/


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