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All eyes have been on “Bachelor in Paradise” contestant DeMario Jackson after he was accused of possible sexual misconduct with a fellow contestant on set without her consent.
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Initial reports by TMZ claimed Jackson and fellow competitor Corinne Olympios engaged in “making out and rubbing, touching and fingering” and oral sex in the resort’s pool.
Olympios later issued a statement alleging she had no recollection of the incident. According to the reality star, the fallout has been her “worst nightmare” turned reality:
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.
The statement also confirmed suspicions that Olympios was assembling a legal team to “lawyer up” against Jackson and ABC.Screenshot/Facebook
Last Monday, People ran a similar story, with sources close to Olympios claiming she may have been too drunk to consent to any sexual activity:
“The show absolutely values the primacy of consent, and this instance it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given.”
But now, Jackson is pushing back.
Earlier this week, Jackson broke his silence on the accusations to E! News, angered that his character was now under attack:
“It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations.”
Following suit to Olympios, Jackson has also assembled a legal team who hopes to “clear” his tarnished name:
“I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared and, per the advice of legal counsel, will be seeking all available remedies entitled to me under the laws.”
According to Jackson’s attorney Walter Mosley, Olympios isn’t the only one suffering. Mosley revealed to Variety that the “Bachelorette” star and his family have suffered trauma in the wake of sexual assault speculation:
“This has caused a lot of trauma — both physical and emotional injury…It’s been difficult for DeMario and his family. He’s a celebrity for all the wrong reasons.”
Mosley added that he’s not afraid of “any criminal investigation,” supposedly writing off Olympios’s camp as the “big fish in this situation.”
Last Sunday, Warner Bros. Television revealed to fans that all filming on “Bachelor in Paradise” was suspended until investigations into “gross misconduct” were completed.