Production of Bachelor in Paradise is on hold while Warner Bros. investigates an incident that occurred on set between Corrine Olympios and DeMario Jackson. Both BIP stars have now broken their silence about the scandal and have issued conflicting accounts of what went down. Who is telling the truth?
According to Fox News, Olympios finally opened up about the sexual assault rumors and claims that she doesn’t remember much about that fateful night. She does, however, believe she is a victim. ABC pulled the plug on production after Olympios and Jackson engaged in sexual acts in front of the camera. One producer on set was uncomfortable with what went down and rumors indicate Olympios may have been too drunk to give her consent.
“I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened the night of June 4,” Olympios shared. “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.”
Vanity Fair reported that Jackson officially fired back at the allegations and claims he did nothing wrong while in the Bachelor in Paradise set. He also slammed the media for making false reports and promised that he will take legal action in the near future. Olympios has also hired a lawyer just in case there is a lawsuit.
“It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations,” Jackson stated. “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.”
Warner Bros. released an official statement after the news broke. The company confirmed the rumors that production has been suspended and assured fans that they are thoroughly investigating the incident. They also stated that appropriate action will be taken after the investigation is over. It isn’t clear when filming will resume or if Season 4 of BIP will be delayed for another year.
The network has not released any details of the incident. Insiders claim that the sexual conduct occurred in a pool on set and that Olympios was drunk at the time. There’s no telling whose version of the story is true, but it looks like the issue won’t be resolved in the immediate future.
According to CNN, Olympios made a name for herself as a villain during Season 21 of The Bachelor and made it pretty far vying for Nick Viall’s heart. Jackson, on the other hand, was a part of the current season of The Bachelorette and was booted after Rachel Lindsay discovered he still had a girlfriend.
Season 4 of Bachelor In Paradise was scheduled to premiere in August on ABC, but now it may never air at all.
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