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Chris Harrison addresses 'Bachelor in Paradise' scandal amid 'misinformation'

UPI News Service, 06/13/2017 

Chris Harrison says there's "misinformation" circulating about the recent Bachelor in Paradise scandal.

The 45-year-old Bachelor in Paradise host issued a statement Tuesday to People after ABC suspended production on Season 4 and cited allegations of sexual "misconduct" on set.

"Out of respect to all involved, there's only so much I can and will say at this time," Harrison said. "Normally with a situation like this I would not say anything until the incident is fully resolved, but with all the rumors and misinformation being put out there, I don't find that to be possible anymore."

"Let me start by saying the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us. It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming. An investigation into the situation was started immediately," he shared.

"Warner Bros. is handling the details of that investigation. They're moving quickly to gather all the facts, and once that's done, a clear, concise decision can be made about where we go from here," the television personality added. "We urge everyone to be patient until the investigation is complete."

Warner Bros. Television confirmed Sunday that the company was "aware of allegations of misconduct" on set. TMZ reported a producer raised concerns about two contestants taking part in sexual acts in a pool while under the influence of alcohol.

Insiders told E! News the producer in question wasn't present during the encounter and heard about it from others. Sources also said the producer hasn't viewed footage of the incident, which was reportedly caught on tape.

Season 4 would have starred DeMario Jackson, Corinne Olympios and other former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants. Many cast members were spotted leaving set in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, over the weekend.

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