What Happened Between DeMario & Corinne On 'Bachelor In Paradise'? These Allegations Are Horrifying
If you're following the story as details continue to emerge, then you should sit down before reading these updates about what happened between DeMario and Corinne on Bachelor in Paradise. The unconfirmed rumors suggest that the show has suspended filming for some profoundly disturbing reasons. Bustle has reached out to ABC, Olympios, and Jackson for comment, but did not receive an immediate response. Warner Bros. reiterated their original statement that “We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of 'Bachelor in Paradise' in Mexico. We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”
Update: On Monday, TMZ reported that sources close to the female contestant have been told that she was reportedly "in a blackout state" during the alleged incident and "remembers nothing." In addition, the sources also claim that she "doesn't fully blame DeMario because he too was drunk." A statement directly from the contestant herself has yet to be given.
Update #2: 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 #3: On Wednesday, June 14, Corinne Olympios' rep released a statement about the Bachelor In Paradise allegations to Bustle:
“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. As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality. As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening.”
Update #4: On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, Jackson released a statement about Olympios' allegations 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."
Update #5: On June 20, an ABC spokesperson provided the following statement to Bustle:
“We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of ‘Bachelor in Paradise.’ Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC.”
Warner Bros.' statement to Bustle read,
"As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously. The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. 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. Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.”
Update #6: On Tuesday, Corinne Olympios' lawyer Martin Singer released a statement to Bustle that read,
“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.”
Earlier: According to People Magazine, the series stopped filming following a source's claim that DeMario Jackson, who was reportedly intoxicated, had a sexual encounter with a female contestant who was reportedly too drunk to be able to consent. TMZ's source claims that the female contestant was Corinne Olympios, and that filming was stopped after...
"... a field producer filed a complaint that Corinne Olympios seemed so drunk the first day of filming she had no ability to consent to DeMario Jackson's sexual moves in a swimming pool, and producers nonetheless let it play out on film."
According to TMZ, the field producer who reportedly filed a complaint about misconduct alleges that because Olympios was not sober enough to give consent, the alleged incident was sexual assault.
Producers allegedly informed Jackson and Olympios on Sunday, June 11 that “one of the story lines would be the 2 of them hooking up,” TMZ reported. After they met at the bar and drank a lot together, sources who claim to have spoken to Jackson reported that Olympios “jumped into his lap and started making out with him,” which was the point at which he reportedly suggested that they move to the pool. The cameras were allegedly still rolling when this happened. There, the pair allegedly began hooking up, which TMZ's sources describe in graphic terms. However, no penetrative sex was had, according to TMZ's sources.
TMZ's sources also claim that those who have seen the footage reported that Olympios seemed "fully engaged." Despite this, on Tuesday, June 6, the pair were allegedly called in to speak to an executive producer and was told that one of the show producers had reportedly seen the footage and was “uncomfortable” with the shot, according to TMZ.
One contestant on the show allegedly told People that this was witnessed by two further cast members. The same source claimed “that the contestants are upset that crew members did not do more to stop the incident.” They told People:
“People are pissed, and not just at DeMario. We’re pissed that this whole thing happened… They could have seen that she was drinking too much and that he was taking advantage. They could have stopped this before it got this far. But they decided to let it go, and let it happen, and see what happened? So, I’m angry at the show, and everyone else is too.”
A second source told People:
“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."
Obviously, at this stage, none of the details above have been officially confirmed. But if the allegations are true, the entire situation sounds completely unacceptable.