‘Bachelor in Paradise’ contestants involved in alleged sexual misconduct on set offer differing accounts

Corinne Olympios/ DeMario Jackson (Warner Bros.)

After rumors of sexual misconduct prompted Warner Bros. to shut down production on the newest season of the ABC reality series Bachelor in Paradise last week in Sayulita, Mexico, the studio has announced that filming will be suspended while the allegations are investigated. Incomplete reports provided by witnesses on the show’s production team surfaced across several media outlets in the past few days detailing a non-consensual sexual encounter that took place between contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson. In response to the accusations, both Olympios and Jackson have released statements.

“I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4,” Olympios told The New York Post, “As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality.” Olympios, who says she has no memory of the event, is now undergoing therapy to deal with what she describes as the “physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening.” In her statement Olympios also announced that she has hired an attorney but has not yet filed any suit against either Warner Bros. or Jackson.

Hours after Olympios spoke to the press, Jackson released a statement of his own asserting his innocence and denouncing the claims that anything illegal or non-consensual had occurred. “It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations,” Jackson told E! News, “I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared.” Jackson also said he’s been fired from his job as a recruiting consultant amid the allegations, according to CNN.

Read the full story from both parties at The Cut.


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