New details continue to come out surrounding the filming of Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 being put on hold. On Twitter Sunday, June 11, DeMario Jackson seemingly responded to the BiP allegations surrounding him and another female contestant, which allegedly may involve an issue of consent. A user wrote to Jackson, "Sooooo @demariojackson_ you can't follow me without me asking you...." He then responded, "hahahaha." The same person tweeted him again and said, "Black women watching you on tv.... WE NEED ANSWERS! Lmaoooo" To that, Jackson replied, "ALT FACTS."
Update: In a video posted by TMZ, Jackson says "no comment" in response to numerous questions about the alleged incident. Asked if he's upset about reports alleging that Olympios claims she did not give consent, Jackson responded, ""No, no. I'm all good."
Update #2: On Wednesday, June 14, Corinne Olympios' rep released a statement about the Bachelor In Paradise allegations to Bustle:
Update #3: On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, Jackson released a statement about Olympios' allegations to E! News:
Update #4: On June 20, an ABC spokesperson provided the following statement to Bustle:
Warner Bros.' statement to Bustle read,
Update #5: On Tuesday, Corinne Olympios' lawyer Martin Singer released a statement to Bustle that read,
Earlier: On Sunday, The Hollywood Reporter received a statement from Warner Bros. confirming that production on Season 4 of the ABC reality series had been suspended because of "allegations of misconduct" on the set. The statement reads in full:
On Monday, People released a report alleging that the suspension is due to an issue of consent between two contestants. The outlet reports there may have been an alleged nonconsensual sexual encounter between Jackson and a female contestant, who TMZ reports is Corinne Olympios. People's report did not list the name of the other party allegedly involved. Bustle has reached out to Jackson and Olympios for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.
hahahaha— DeMario Jackson (@demariojackson_) June 11, 2017
ALT FACTS— DeMario Jackson (@demariojackson_) June 11, 2017
Sources claiming to be close to Jackson claimed to TMZ that he engaged in oral sex with Olympios. The sources did not say anything about consent being an issue.
On Monday, TMZ reported sources close to Olympios claimed she does not remember what happened between herself and Jackson and allegedly did not consent. According to TMZ, Olympios allegedly "doesn't fully blame" Jackson, because like herself, he was allegedly drunk. TMZ reports Olympios is allegedly faulting producers for not intervening and she has also hired a lawyer. Bustle reached out to Warner Bros. for comment on this report.
Jackson has yet to give an official statement on the matter, but he has been actively tweeting. In addition to the tweets listed above, Jackson tweeted in response to other Twitter users on June 11 about baseball and in response to a gif someone posted.