AZ – An Arizona judge has ordered $10 and up to a year in jail for posting a video on Facebook of the first-ever taping for the reality TV series “Bachelor in Paradise” in Arizona.
T.J. Ransom and his co-hosts posted the video on April 24, showing two of the show’s contestants, Brooke and Ashley, tanning in their bathing suits.
The video went viral, attracting thousands of viewers.
Ransom, a former contestant on “The Bachelorette,” was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $1,000 in fines.
The pair, who are the first couple to taping a show together, had no prior criminal record.
A judge in Arizona ruled that the video violated a state law against “public nudity.”
The judge ordered the pair to pay fines of $10 per day for each day of the video’s posting, plus court costs.
Rockerham and his girlfriend, Nicole, have also been ordered to spend $1 million each on court costs, but have agreed to pay a $50 fine and a year’s probation.
The couple were initially charged with felony voyeurism.
The video has been viewed more than 5.3 million times on Facebook, and more than 4.7 million views on YouTube.