Bachelor Nation Vets Are Already Picking Sides In The Bachelor In Paradise Controversy!

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Bachelor nation is rallying around Paradise!

As you surely know, production for Bachelor In Paradise has been halted as Warner Bros. investigates an alleged sexual encounter between contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson — an incident where the blonde reality star may’ve been too drunk to consent.

Related: DeMario Is ‘Doing Great’ Amid ‘Sexual Misconduct’ Scandal

While Miz Olympios has lawyered up amid this controversy, Mr. Jackson is vehement that he is innocent of any wrongdoing, and believes footage from the show will prove he did nothing wrong.

Now, it also appears as though alums from the ABC dating franchise are also standing by the Bachelor spin-off!

On Tuesday, former Bachelor Ben Higgins addressed the scandal on his podcast with BIP vet Ashley Iaconetti and, unsurprisingly, vocalized his support for the show’s crew. Lauren Bushnell‘s ex shared:

“I was never forced into anything. I was talked through as a friend in situations. If I was confused, they would sit with me and allow me to speak my mind and help me process. Yes, there is producing that is done. It’s a show! There are situations that happen that they need to get something out of, but it’s never a forced situation.”

We feel like Higgins might be underestimating the producers just a bit. In regards to the report that Corinne and DeMario were paired off by producers for a “villains” storyline, Ben added:

“The storyline makes itself up each and every day during the process of filming The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise.”

Okay, sure.

Iaconetti voiced her support for the BIP staffers too, as she defended that she never saw “anything happen that should’ve been stopped” or was “morally wrong.” Fair — but neither Ashely nor Ben were down in Mexico for season four’s filming. So, they can’t REALLY know what happened.

Related: Everything We Know About The BIP Controversy So Far…

Nonetheless, Ben and Ashley aren’t alone in their stance as former Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise contestant Tenley Molzahn expressed to People:

“Before I even put any responsibility on the film crew or production, all of us cast members have a choice of how we want to behave, how far we’ll go, how much we drink, etc. We sign a lot of legal stuff acknowledging that we know we have these choices. We also know that we will be on camera at all times, even when a film crew is not around.”

Careful now, Tenley. You don’t want to be caught victim blaming!

And while there is a bartender on location, BIP season three participant Ryan Beckett says “[alcohol] was always available but it definitely was never forced on [them].” On his reaction to the suspension news, Beckett relayed:

“I was shocked. I would not imagine that a number of producers would stand idly by. Like, I would expect two drunk contestants to do something stupid, but it would be surprising to me that something nefarious was going on and it was allowed to go on.”

Ryan’s season three peer, Daniel Maguire, shared a similar opinion as he believes the alleged incident is “a little hard to believe.” He elaborated:

“We’re all responsible for our own actions. If we were kids or young adults or teenagers we could be more easily persuaded but from my experience obviously the producers are there to help people interact with each other and ask questions but in no way are they there to tell you what to do and to behave certain ways.”

This sounds like some straight male privilege to us. Past BIP star Marcus Grodd also had little sympathy for the situation as he sounded off:

“It’s unfortunate what this season has brought to the Bachelor franchise. It’s a shame the cast took this season away from viewers and put hardworking people in jeopardy.”

Dude, there is clearly a bigger issue going on here. Smh.

Be sure to stay tuned HERE for any and all updates on this controversy.

[Image via ABC/Instagram.]

Jun 14, 2017 11:25am PDT

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