Bachelor In Paradise is that overly served, boozed up trashy cousin from Tallahassee compared to the class act mess from Orlando that is The Bachelor/ette empire. But this year, it took a turn for the yikes when news surfaced former Bachelor contestant Corinne Olympios alleged that there was sexual assault by Bachelorette contestant DeMario Jackson. All they do on those sets is ply everyone with booze, so they go from being a bunch of boring hot people to human trains hurtling to the end of the rails while humping all over each other.
When we last left the Bachelor in Paradise saga, Warner Bros. released a statement claiming they didn’t believe a sexual assault happened between two contestants (Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson) and that filming would resume. New rules were put in place for filming, like a two-drink per hour maximum, and producer permission had to be granted before contestants went to the boom boom room. Most of the Season 4 cast was returning, except for DeMario. It wasn’t really known if Corinne would be back or not. Well, Corinne will be back, but only for one episode.
When Chris Harrison closed up the third season of Bachelor in Paradise last summer, little could he have imagined the sort of mess the fourth season would bring. Forget about bottles of piña colada mixers filled with ants and beach chairs that smell a little too much like beach ass; production on the fourth season began with accusations of possible sexual assault between two contestants from a Bachelor in Paradise producer. But Warner Bros. says it’s now over and they want to move on.
Up until this morning, it was more than assumed that the too-drunk-to-consent person in the middle of the messy Bachelor in Paradise situation was Corinne Olympios. Warner Bros. and ABC didn’t name names, but lots of “sources” did. When asked about her several times yesterday, DeMario Jackson, who says he’s innocent, didn’t hide that Corinne was the other one involved. Corinne herself talked today.
Corinne released a statement through her rep. She confirms that she has little memory of what happened in the pool that day and that she’s hired a team, including a lawyer, to help her get justice for what happened to her. via People
“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.”
You may think that Corrine hired Gloria Allred, but People says that she’s hired high-powered Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer.
I’ll admit I was a little surprised to see that Corinne’s statement was released by a rep. But I guess there are some things Raquel the Nanny doesn’t do.
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.
Bachelor in Paradise is a great show that gives viewers what they don’t get nearly enough of on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette: drunken antics, messy fights, and sloppy hook-ups between a cast of fame whores competing for cash. But things got a different kind of messy after some on-set sexual abuse allegations were made by a producer against a cast member.