'Bachelor in Paradise' host Chris Harrison breaks his silence on 'misconduct' scandal

Chris Harrison has broken his silence on the "Bachelor in Paradise" controversy that forced ABC to halt production on the "Bachelor" summer spinoff series.

The host of "BIP" released a statement obtained by People on Tuesday that addressed the growing scandal and claimed that there was "a lot of misinformation out there" about the incident. According to multiple reports, the incident allegedly involved cast members DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios engaging in a sexual encounter during which a producer questioned Olympios' level of consent before filing a "third party" complaint.

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"By now, no doubt, you have heard that we have suspended production on this season's Bachelor in Paradise. I can confirm to you that this is sadly the case," Harrison's statement began. "Out of respect to all involved, there's only so much I can and will say at this time. 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."

After ABC halted production of the fourth season of "Bachelor in Paradise," the rest of the cast was flown out of Puerto Vallarta and back to the United States.

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

Since news of the postponement broke on Sunday night, rumors have been swirling about what really happened in that pool -- many of which Harrison says aren't true.

"There are a lot of competing details in the various press accounts of the incident. And there's a lot of misinformation out there too," he explained diplomatically. "We urge everyone to be patient until the investigation is complete. I know in this day and age we want -- and even expect -- immediate answers, but in this case, it's just not possible. So again, I urge you to please be patient and respect the privacy of the parties involved. I will keep you as informed and up to date as I possibly can. We're sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused the cast, the crew and our loyal fans. It is my sincere hope that we can come to a quick resolution on this and get back to work very soon."

Neither Olympios or Jackson have made any official statements regarding the incident, though TMZ has published two conflicting reports that claim to contain information from sources connected to both parties.

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DeMario, 30: Executive recruiter from Century City, California

(Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) DEMARIO

Peter, 31: Business owner from Madison, Wisconsin

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Adam, 27: Real estate agent from Dallas, Texas

(Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) ADAM

Alex, 28: Information systems supervisor from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

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Anthony, 26: Education software manager from Chicago, Illinois

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Blake E., 31: Aspiring drummer from Marina del Rey, California

(Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) BLAKE E.

Blake K., 29: U.S. Marine veteran from San Francisco, California

(Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) BLAKE K.

Brady, 29: Male model from Miami, Florida

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Bryce, 30: Firefighter from Orlando, Florida

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Bryan, 37: Chiropractor from Miami, Florida

(Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) BRYAN

Dean, 26: Startup recruiter from Venice, California

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Eric, 29: Personal trainer from Los Angeles, California

(Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) ERIC

Fred, 27: Executive assistant from Dallas, Texas

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Grant, 29: Emergency medicine physician from New York, New York

(Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) GRANT

Ignacio "Iggy," 30: Consulting firm CEO from Chicago, Illinois

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Jack, 32: Attorney from Dallas, Texas

(Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JACK

Jamey, 32: Sales account executive from Santa Monica, California

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Jedidiah, 35: ER physician from Augusta, Georgia

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Jonathan, 31: Tickle monster from New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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Kenneth, "Diggy," 31: Senior inventory analyst from Chicago, Illinois

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Kenny, 35: Professional wrestler from Las Vegas, Nevada

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Josiah, 28: Prosecuting attorney from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Kyle, 26: Marketing consultant from Los Angeles, California

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Lucas, 30: Whaboom from Santa Monica, California

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Lee, 30: Singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee

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Matthew, 32: Construction sales rep from Meriden, Connecticut

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Michael, 26: Former professional basketball player from Chicago, Illinois

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Milton, 31: Hotel recreation supervisor from North Bay Village, Florida

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Mohit, 26: Product manager from Pacifica, California

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Will, 28: Sales manager from Miami, Florida

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Robert, "Rob," 30: Law student from Houston, Texas

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