ABC has stopped filming its “Bachelor in Paradise” reality dating show over allegations that there had been sexual misconduct.
Contestant Corinne Olympios was the contestant who had been allegedly sexually assaulted on the set of the show and has opened up about the incident to Fox News in a statement. Olympios explained, “I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened the night of 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.”
During filming, Olympios had been in the pool with another contestant, DeMario Jackson and had been engaging in sexual activity on camera. Multiple media reports had indicated she was too intoxicated to consent the activity.
DeMario Jackson released his own statement to E! and said, “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.”
TMZ reported that Olympios had hired high-powered attorney Marty Singer regarding a potential lawsuit.
“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.”