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It’s been nearly three weeks since DeMario Jackson was accused of “sexual misconduct” while filming ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise.”
The June 4 incident occurred after a day of filming and, more significantly, drinking.
According to reports, several members of the show’s production crew filed “third-party complaints” after Jackson and fellow castmate Corinne Olympios hooked up, allegedly “making out and rubbing, touching and fingering” in a pool.
The reports called Olympios’s ability to consent into question.
In the following days, the show’s production was halted, and an internal investigation — with the help of an “outside law firm” — was quickly launched. Olympios issued the subsequent statement:
“I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production.”
However, an investigation by Warner Bros. concluded shortly thereafter and found Jackson to be clear of any and all “sexual misconduct”:
“Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.”
But even after the investigation’s findings, Jackson claimed his character has been, and continues to be, assassinated.
“It was stressful. For me, mostly for my mother. It’s hard to see your mom cry every single day. It was very difficult […] having your mom cry every day for something that you know you didn’t do…”
In the first half of the interview, Jackson didn’t hold back any details when describing what happened the day of the incident.
He told E! News that initially, they bonded over being painted as “villains” on their respective seasons on the dating show:
“Our first real conversation was at the bar. We were hanging out. We kind of were just complimenting each other on being villains. I was like, ‘Look, I’ve accepted this role.’ We were kind of just laughing, like, ‘Oh, we’re about to dominate “Paradise!”‘ Like homie stuff, like really, really like friends. And then, you know, we started having a little bit more fun … and had a few drinks.”
He said that the two took a few shots of alcohol together, and that it wasn’t long before they began kissing and before things got “hot and heavy”:
“I was like, ‘Hell yeah!’ You know, I’m down for it. I’m not gonna … I don’t think any single man — some married ones — wouldn’t turn down Corinne. She’s a beautiful woman!”
When asked whether Olympios appeared drunk by that point, Jackson said she did not:
“No, that’s the thing. We had all just got going [drinking]. We were all talking and mingling.”
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Then, according to Jackson, Olympios suggested they make their way to the pool. But that’s when Jackson said that flags started to raise in his mind:
“It’s crazy because when you’re a man — mostly African-American man — no matter where you’re at, you always look for things that can help you out. And at that moment, I made sure the cameras followed us. It just seemed too perfect in a sense for me, and at the point, that’s when my spidey senses got up.”
He said they continued to kiss in the pool while “rubbing and touching,” but it was “nothing too sexual.”
That is, however, until “things got wild.” Jackson said Olympios was more of the “aggressor” but that he found it to be “sexy”:
“When you have a very attractive girl telling you what she wants, it’s like a very, like, ‘Wow, OK! This is hot. This is very … I like it.'”
And that’s when the situation escalated.
He told E! News that they had both taken off their bathing suits, but when he got out to sit on the edge of the pool with his legs dangling in the water, Corinne got out of the pool as well and proceeded to straddle him, reportedly suggesting she wanted oral sex:
“I get out of the pool, and I have my legs in the pool, and I’m just hanging out … This is when she gets up out of the pool and puts her lady parts right on my face. I don’t know if I can say it.
She straddled me, like put her … literally smack dab right there [holding his hand to his face.] I’m like, ‘Oh sh*t!'”
He confirmed to E! News that he did perform oral sex on Olympios.
Reports have circulated that Olympios was seen hooking up with other people that night — something that Jackson confirmed to E! News. He said he witnessed Olympios kiss castmate Derek Peth but didn’t “personally see” the others.
The next day, according to Jackson, everything seemed fine. He said Olympios was one of the first castmates he saw in the morning:
“We’re talking, and I gave her a hug. We all went up and got breakfast together.
She wasn’t mad. We were hanging out. Actually, I offered her a shot, and she said that the production had cut her off from drinking for the day.”
But just three days later, Jackson was approached by a crew member:
“He goes, ‘Here’s what I’m gonna need you to do: I’m going to need you to bow out. Tell [Chris Harrison] and the crew you that love them, you’re thankful. However, you — you know you’re not there for the right reasons.’ I’m like, what the f**k? Straight up. He goes, ‘I can’t tell you what I know, but it’s going to be bad if you don’t leave tonight.'”
What ensued is what played out in the public eye.
Filming of the show has since resumed; however, Jackson said he will not be returning.