Bachelor in Paradise producers have defended casting Blake Coleman in the reality show– despite his violent past.
In 2015 the Bachelorette contestant, who featured on Sophie Monk’s season, pleaded guilty to attacking a Western Australian man on the street. The attack left his 31-year-old unconscious, paralysed and he had to have staples to the head.
Then, in October last year, NSW police confirmed they were investigating the star as it was alleged he threatened to sell nude photos of his ex-girlfriend, Bachelor Contestant Jen Hawke. Police said they would not comment any further.
Now a spokesperson for Warner Bros, who produce Bachelor in Paradise, have told press they followed through with background checks.
“Background checks, including police checks, are done on all contestants in reality shows, and these checks are conducted by the relevant production company,” the spokesman told the Daily Telegraph.
“In Blake’s case, his police check was clear.”