"Bachelor in Paradise" producers are taking extra measures to ensure that drunken, nonconsensual sex doesn't occur again, going so far as to impose strict drinking rules.
TMZ reported on June 27 that producers have implemented a two drinks per hour maximum while filming.
"The crew is monitoring drinking levels among the cast and the bartenders are also responsible for keeping tabs," TMZ reported. "Producers have also made a point of providing food at all times during the shoots … presumably to absorb the alcohol."
Of course, producers are on high alert these days in wake of the sexual assault investigation that hovered over "Bachelor in Paradise" for a week.
In early June, production of the show was suspended after a sexual incident took place in a swimming pool involving DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios. After several show staffers complained, there was an investigation as to whether Corinne might have been too drunk to consent.
After investigators viewed video of the sexual encounter and interviewed witnesses, a decision was made that no wrongdoing occurred and everything was consensual. During the investigation, claims continued to surface alleging that Corinne was "fully engaged" and lucid throughout the incident, although she maintained she was a victim (her lawyers say they are still investigating).
Once investigators deemed the show in the clear, "Bachelor in Paradise" was again rebooted, this time with several different cast members.
In an exclusive interview with E! News, DeMario said it was Corinne who was actually the aggressor in the pool hook up.
"[We were] kissing, rubbing, touching. It's nothing too sexual yet. Things got wild because it was more her being the aggressor, which was sexy," he told E!. "When you have a very attractive girl telling you what she wants, it's like a very, like, 'Wow, OK! This is hot. This is very…I like it.'"
Several days later, though, a producer confronted him and asked him to pack his bags.
"He goes, 'Here's what I'm gonna need you to do: I'm going to need you to bow out. Tell [Chris Harrison] and the crew you that love them, you're thankful. However, you—you know you're not there for the right reasons,'" he said, adding that he was confused by the conversation. "He goes, 'I can't tell you what I know, but it's going to be bad if you don't leave tonight.'"