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'Bachelor in Paradise' contestants had to let producers know if they were going to have sex

Awkward — but necessary.

By Jessica Chandra
Jake Ellis on Bachelor in Paradise Australia

Contestants from the upcoming Australian version of Bachelor in Paradise have said it's not going to be as raunchy as the US series — but that doesn't mean they're not having sex.

Perhaps the most awkward thing about ~getting it on~ on a reality show is that the contestants had to tell producers if they were going to have sex, especially after the recent controversial season of Bachelor in Paradise US, where production was temporarily shut down because one of the stars' allegations of sexual misconduct.

Laurina Fleure, who appeared on the second season of The Bachelor with Blake Garvey, talked about the consent issue during a radio interview this morning. While speaking to Hit 105's Stav, Abby and Matt, Laurina was asked if condoms were provided during filming at Mango Bay Resort in Fiji.

"Yes there was, there were condoms in every room," she said.

Of the consent issues, she said, "Because of that drama that actually happened on the American series, there were some really strict guidelines around anybody getting intimate."

"They had to go and flag it with production and say, 'I'm consenting,' and if anybody was caught frolicking intimately then production had the right to burst in the door and say, 'Are you consenting?'"

It probably would have been a bit of a mood-killer, but as we all know, consent — especially enthusiastic consent — is extremely important.

Production companies have taken extra caution with shows where contestants are trying to 'find love' and are plied with alcohol throughout the ~journey~ after the Bachelor in Paradise US scandal. To quickly recap, production on the 2017 season was halted after Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson had a "hot and heavy" session in a pool after a day of drinking — while the cameras were rolling. According to reports, DeMario started touching an inebriated Corinne inappropriately. The footage was reviewed by a "third party," reported to be a field producer, the next day, and because the footage made her uncomfortable she filed a complaint.

After a few months of uncertainty, production resumed. An investigation took place but Warner Bros., the production company behind the series (and the local one, too) found no evidence of misconduct.

In an interview with Bachelor US host Chris Harrison about the incident, Corinne said, "I did drink too much. I definitely understand that. But I was also on a medication that severely blacks you out and impairs your judgment and messes with your balance. But I didn't know you were not supposed to drink on. And so I really just caused a horrible, horrible blackout. It was like I went under anaesthesia and just woke up."

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