Production on the fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down over the weekend after a situation between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios concerned a producer. The producer reportedly complained when production staff didn’t step in to stop a questionable hook-up between a drunk DeMario and an allegedly too-drunk to consent Corinne in the pool. Warner Bros. said they are investigating, and Corinne has hired a lawyer. Everyone was set home from the Bachelor in Paradise location in Mexico. TMZ and Entertainment Tonight caught up with DeMario in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and he had a tiny bit to say about the accusation.
When I say “tiny“, I mean you’re going to have to pull out your microscope for this one. DeMario barely says anything besides “no comment.” I’m assuming that’s because he’s been advised by a lawyer not to talk about this situation. However, he did tell ET that “Corinne is an awesome girl,” and added that he loves his fans and thanks them for their support. When TMZ asked DeMario if he was upset with Corinne, he shook his head no. He also says he’s not upset with Corinne’s accusations.
Sources tells TMZ DeMario really isn’t worried about the accusations because he thinks the footage of him and Corinne in the pool will clear his name. He denies doing what he’s been accused of doing. Corinne hasn’t technically blamed him for what happened (she has allegedly blamed the production crew for not stepping in). But DeMario contacted a lawyer just to be safe. DeMario believes the footage will show Corinne was lucid enough to consent to what was happening. DeMario’s lawyer wants Warner Bros. to either give them the tape or release it themselves. If Warner Bros. doesn’t want to release the tape, DeMario’s lawyer at least wants them to issue a statement saying he’s not personally under investigation.
Even if this situation gets cleared up and Bachelor in Paradise resumes filming, it will still forever be tainted with the stink of a horrible sex assault scandal. I say they should scrap the whole thing. If ABC really needs to fill that time slot with something, maybe a replacement show called Bark-elor in Pupadise starring current favorite Bachelorette dog Copper and my personal favorite Molly the Cocker Spaniel Mix. You can’t get viewers to forget about this mess, but dogs might help them heal from it.