Bachelor in Paradise's DeMario Jackson Speaks Out About Corinne Scandal: 'She Was the Aggressor'

Embattled Bachelor in Paradise contestant DeMario Jackson is attempting to clear his name.

Following allegations of misconduct on the set of the ABC series, which suggested that Jackson and fellow contestant Corinne Olympios had a sexual encounter without her consent, Jackson sat down with E! News on Monday to give his side of the story.

Though Jackson admitted that the evening in question was “probably the wildest night of my entire life,” he insisted that his initial hook-up with Olympios was mutually consensual. Although things did get “hot and heavy” at the Paradise bar, he said, Olympios hadn’t had much to drink at that point and seemed as interested in getting intimate as he was.

But when the pair moved to the pool, Jackson recalled, he began to feel concerned that something bad would happen.

“When you’re a man, mostly an African-American man, no matter where you’re at, you always look for things that can help you out,” he said. “At that moment, I made sure the cameras followed us. It just seemed too perfect.”

Jackson went on to describe Olympios as “the aggressor” of the situation, explaining that she “put her lady parts right on my face” and facilitated oral sex once they had relocated poolside. (But in the true spirit of The Bachelorette, the E! News interview ends on a cliffhanger, to be continued on tonight’s 7 pm broadcast.)

During Warner Bros.’ initial investigation of misconduct on the Paradise set, Jackson said in a statement that his “character and family name has been assassinated… with false claims and malicious allegations.” Olympios’ statement claimed that she is a victim and has sought out “a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life.”

The production company has since concluded that no misconduct took place, allowing Season 4 filming to resume. Watch Part 1 of Jackson’s interview above, then hit the comments and tell us: Are you buying what he’s selling?

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  1. jj says:

    I don’t understand how this has been presented as a he said-she said situation in the media. The whole thing was filmed! If she thinks she was victimized, she should press charges and sue the production team for not stepping in. If he thinks he’s being defamed, he should sue the production team. Either way, the incident would be reviewed in a court of law with the recorded evidence of exactly what happened, and this would all be done.

    • jlz says:

      Yes, JJ, that seems to be the American way of getting things done—sue someone. We see so many lawsuits for the silliest things. It’s ridiculous. It’s just another lazy way of making money out of something instead of actually working for a living. Can’t we just be good people and admit we make mistakes instead of turning it into defamation and character assassination. There’s no need to sue. Corinne just needs to go back home to Miami and eat her cucumbers that only her nanny can make. #Entitled

      • Jess says:

        I’m with you jlz. I want to add too, that ‘just sue’ someone is a very naive statement – it isn’t a pleasant experience from what I’ve seen. I

        • jj says:

          There is nothing naive about my statement. One of these two people were and are being massively screwed over by this production company with long lasting consequences on their life. Brushing it off like it’s a trivial matter is the naive statement. Consider if you were either of the people involved.

      • Adam says:

        It is all very he-said/she-said, but if she was in fact a victim and taken advantage of when too drunk to consent, then why shouldn’t she press charges? That’s entitled to you?

        • Aeol says:

          @Adam why HASNT she pressed charges? A lot of vague statements that don’t actually accuse anyone makes it pretty clear that she knows she wasn’t a victim.

      • jj says:

        “the silliest things”. You think sexual assault/rape as the silliest of things? One of two things is happening here. Either she was indeed sexually assaulted and the production team not only didn’t stop it while it was happening, but actually just stood there and filmed it, or she wasn’t sexually assaulted and this man is being defamed which can negatively impact his life and his career. Either situation is not a silly thing. It’s incredibly serious thing with long-lasting consequences. The evidence exists and should be reviewed by a court of law.

        • Wrstlgirl says:

          And some people think it’s a stunt for ratings. Seriously, the show wasn’t in such dire straights that it needed to go to this extreme for better ratings. And if does turn out to be a ratings ploy it back fired horribly.

      • Billy Bob Johnson says:

        You have to sue the production company to get the video released so everyone can see what actually happened. No one said anything about suing for money.

    • cj says:

      Though I don’t think a lawsuit is appropriate at this point, it seems that the video should be released. The only reason I can think that they wouldn’t was because it is explicit. That said, as there was clearly issue on the behalf of the production I do have concern that the on set producers didn’t step in to stop the situation unless there was truly not a concern at the time that this wasn’t consensual, in which case this is a publicity stunt that is ruining the reputation of Jackson. Should the video be released to show no culpability on his part, a defamation of character suit might be appropriate.

      • rowan77 says:

        “The video should be released”?? Why? The only people who need to see the video are the police, the production company, the two people that appear in it and their lawyers. You don’t need to see a thing, and neither do I. The court of public opinion should not come into play.

      • jj says:

        you think that a video possibly depicting sexual assault should be released to the public? you think that’s what is appropriate? seriously?

    • Aeol says:

      Well, since none of those things are happening, odds are Corinne knows she can’t really pursue this “I’m a victim” line because there is no evidence.

  2. Jamie says:

    Jeez this is all so sloppy. It seems so inappropriate that this show is just going to continue filming this season with all of this going on.

  3. keniri says:

    To be honest, I think this is all just an elaborate PR campaign to generate new interest in the show and that both Olympios and Jackson are part of an elaborate plan to generate more viewers for the show. Watch the ratings for new episodes and I’d be willing to bet there is an increased spike in the ratings for new episodes because of this scandal.

    • Alex says:

      It looks like it was taken straight from script of UnReal, so meta.

    • Jess says:

      I don’t think so. DeMario lost his job over this- and no one will ever look at him the same way.

      • Wrstlgirl says:

        I agree, no way this is “just for ratings” as so many people want to believe. I kind of think that someone (her production “friend”) scared her into doing this after her night with DeMario because she went to far and embarrassed herself. I don’t think she’s smart enough to come up with this on her own.

        • keniri says:

          This is, this wouldn’t be the first time some reality TV shows has done something like this. I still remember when Geraldo staged that whole “broken nose” fight on his show back in the 80’s just to improve his viewers and ratings.

    • Lynn Duncan says:

      People Magazine included DeMario’s full name in their article, while the protected Corinne ( not that her name wasn’t out there already), which seemed to imply that she was a victim.

      Double standard!

    • Aeol says:

      Please. I have even LESS interest in this show because of all this.

  4. Cassie says:

    This couldn’t possibly be a ratings ploy for BIP, could it? .:eyeroll:.

  5. Syl says:

    Way to regress to 5th grade. “She started it”. No villain , no victim here as I see it. Poor judgement all around including the photogs.

  6. Jess says:

    Yes. Corrine was very aggressive with Nick – safe to assume it’s her game. Poor guy. And she should be ashamed because when this happens – it take away trust in women who are reporting what truly happened to them. She’s a horrible woman.

  7. kn1231 says:

    This article claims that a sexual encounter happened without Corrine’s consent, but is that accurate? I know Corrine put out a statement saying she didn’t consent, but it is her words against his. I don’t know what happened, but unless everything is put out there and her allegations are proved true, I think the proper phrasing would be to say “a sexual encounter took place, allegedly without her consent”.

  8. Anna says:

    “When you’re a man, mostly an African-American man, no matter where you’re at, you always look for things that can help you out,” he said. Well, shouldn’t you have thought about this before hooking up with her, period? Next time, you’ll think with your head, the one on your shoulders.