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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ stars speak out on misconduct scandal

Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson

Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, the two “Bachelor in Paradise” contestants who appear to be at the center of misconduct allegations that led to the show’s suspension, have broken their silence on the alleged incident.

Olympios, 25, who said she had no memory of what had happened, spoke out first. “I am a victim,” she said Wednesday in a statement to Newsday, “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.”

Later in the day, Jackson, 30, released his own statement. “It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations,” he said in a statement to People Magazine. “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.”

The show’s production company, Warner Bros., indefinitely suspended production on Sunday, saying in a statement, “We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set” and promising an investigation and “appropriate responsive action.” Reports that day suggested Olympios and fellow contestant Jackson may have become inebriated and behaved inappropriately in a pool.

“As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality,” Olympios said in her statement. “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.”

The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday that Olympios had retained high-profile Hollywood attorney Marty Singer.

Meanwhile People, citing a source close to Jackson, said he was in good spirits since the investigation and was reportedly confident his reputation would be cleared.

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