Just a couple of days after Warner Bros. confirmed it’d resume the production of Bachelor In Paradise after an internal investigation found no evidence to back recent allegations of on-set sexual misconduct, a copy of the contract contestants are required to sign has been leaked to CNN.
While the contract reveals that contestants are required to relinquish nearly all rights regarding how they’re portrayed to producers – which is honestly par for the course on most reality TV shows – several clauses pertaining to sexual misconduct are of particular relevance, considering the recent allegations.
CNN notes the contract stipulates that “participants refrain from unlawful behavior or harassment,” but also states that contestants will not hold producers liable for any “unwelcome/unlawful contact or other interaction among participants.”
That was a point of contention regarding the alleged misconduct between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson. It has been alleged that Olympios was too intoxicated to consent to sexual contact with Jackson, and another unnamed contestant claimed producers “could have stopped this before it got this far. But they decided to let it go, and let it happen”.
Despite the seemingly bulletproof nature of the contract, industry litigator Josh Schiller told CNN that there’s every chance similar contracts could be defeated in court should criminal charges be laid against a show’s producers.
“Would we want to enforce a contract that no one would be liable if they were filmed being sexually assaulted?”, Schiller asked. “That would create a real problem.” Joey Jackson, one of CNN’s own attorneys, added “I think there are significant arguments to be made for an alleged victim, that there are reasons to believe they could have success.”
As it stands, no criminal charges have been pressed against Bachelor In Paradise‘s producers, but both contestants involved have sought legal counsel.
After Warner Bros.’ most recent announcement, a legal representative of Olympios said “it comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal Investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred,” and their their own investigation would include testimony from “multiple new witnesses”.
You can catch up on the full details of the leaked contract right HERE.
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