As expected, Corinne “Cheese Pasta” Olympios returned to Bachelor in Paradise, but not to the tropical paradise where it all went wrong, messy, and dramatic. She came back to sit and chat with host Chris Harrison on a Bachelor in Paradise reunion show last night, and yeah, you know what she was there to talk about.
Production was shut-down at the beginning of shooting the fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise after some serious sexual assault allegations were made by a producer. It was questioned whether Corinne Olympios was able to give consent during an on-camera hook-up with fellow contestant DeMario Jackson. DeMario’s side claimed it was all consensual. Corinne released a statement of her own, describing herself as “a victim,” saying she had very little memory of what happened, that she had lawyered up in an attempt to “obtain justice.”
Well, not much has really come of the “justice” part of the situation. Warner Bros. decided no sexual assault happened on set. Corinne dropped any complaints she had. A bunch of consent-based rules were put in place to safeguard the cast. They even discussed the situation on the premiere episode of Bachelor in Paradise, sans Corinne and DeMario.
Corinne came prepared last night with some explanations and answers for what happened. Corinne says she wanted everyone to have a “better understanding” of her side of the story. Which is a good intention, but even Corinne is still fuzzy on the details of what the hell happened. Although she does know she was rolling on liquid fun and pharmaceuticals. Via HuffPo:
“The first day, unfortunately, I don’t remember much of. I definitely over-drank. I did. I was also on some medication that you’re not supposed to drink on, which I didn’t know.” The combination, she said, impaired her judgment. She told Harrison that she’s now in the process of tapering off the medication.
“It can look like you’re totally present and totally there, and your mind can just be not anywhere near. It impairs your judgment. It completely unbalances you, it’s just crazy.”
Corinne also says that she was surprised DeMario was so open in talking to the press about the situation. Really? You’re both former contestants from a network dating show who then chose to appear on said network dating show’s sloppier cousin. I would be shocked if anyone hadn’t ran to the press. Regardless, Corinne has no hard feelings against DeMario, and she says she never, ever blamed him for what happened.
“I really just want people to know that I don’t blame DeMario. I never pointed fingers at DeMario.” If she could speak to him, she added, she’d tell him, “I respect you as a human. I have nothing against you…I wish you all the best, and I’m just, I’m sorry.”
DeMario spoke to Chris Harrison last week, saying he felt “vindicated” after ABC rolled a bit of the tape of he and Corinne’s interaction with each other.
So I guess that’s it? We’ve heard from DeMario, we’ve heard from Corinne. And I’m glad to hear that Corinne is working out her medication situation. Corinne is too good a reality TV star not to be on TV. I mean, she was literally the only reason to watch the mess that was Nick Viall’s pointless season. Now that her whole family lives in Los Angeles with her, what better time to think about giving Corinne her own reality show? And by Corinne, I mean her nanny Raquel! I would watch at least 12 episodes of Corinne and Raquel shopping for cucumbers at the Studio City Farmer’s Market.