DeMario Jackson, one of two “Bachelor in Paradise” cast members at the center of since-dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct, is speaking publicly for the first time about the incident.
“It was stressful — for me [but] mostly for my mother,” Jackson told E! News in an excerpt from a two-part interview airing Monday and Tuesday nights on E! “It’s hard to see your mom, like, cry every single day. It was very difficult. My grandmother and my aunts, y’know, my dad, he kept me extremely strong and kept me grounded and humble.”
Jackson went on, appearing to wipe a tear from his eye. “But having your mom cry every day for something that you know you didn’t do . . . ”
Warner Bros. had announced on June 11 that it was suspending production of season 4 of ABC’s “Bachelor” spinoff, saying, “We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set” and promising an investigation and “appropriate responsive action.”
Reports quickly surfaced that Jackson, an eliminated contestant on the current season of “The Bachelorette” — where he was described as a 30-year-old executive recruiter from Century City, California — had allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior on the “Bachelor in Paradise” set with an inebriated Corinne Olympios, 24. Los Angeles Times film writer Amy Kaufman, who spoke to sources on condition of anonymity, tweeted that, “The following day . . . a producer who witnessed this hookup did not show up to work . . . [and] went on to sue the production for misconduct over what she witnessed.”
Warner Bros. announced on June 20 that, following an investigation conducted with help from an outside law firm, it had concluded that a video recording of the incident “does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member” or that “the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.”
“Bachelor in Paradise” has since resumed production, reportedly without Jackson and Olympios.