DeMario Jackson Gets Emotional Discussing How The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Scandal Affected His Family
It has been a turbulent couple of weeks for the Bachelor franchise. Production on Bachelor in Paradise's forth season was halted due to "allegations of misconduct" that it was later reported centered around an alleged sexual situation involving Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson that may not have been consensual. Warner Bros. completed an internal investigation and decided production would resume after tape didn't show any evidence that supported charges of misconduct by a cast member. Still, the situation is continuing to play out for those involved, and in a new two-night, three-part interview with E! News, Jackson gets emotional while discussing how the BiP scandal took a toll on his family.
In a clip from the interview E! released on Monday, Jackson says, "It was stressful. For me, mostly for my mother. It's hard to see your mom cry every single day. It was very difficult. My grandmother, my aunts..." He continued through tears, "You know, my dad, he kept me extremely strong. He kept me grounded and humble. But having your mom cry everyday, for something that you know you didn't do." Clearly this whole situation has affected many people outside of the two cast members at the center of the scandal.
While Warner Bros.' internal investigation is complete, Olympios' lawyer has stated that he plans to continue his own investigation in a statement released on June 20:
“It needs to be made crystal clear that production of 'Bachelor in Paradise' was shut down because of multiple complaints received from 'BIP' producers and crew members on the set. It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone. It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal Investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”
Jackson has also hired a lawyer, and previously released the following statement to E! News:
"It's unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations. 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."
Jackson's interview with E! will air on Monday and Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.