Over the weekend, ABC suspended production of the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise, because they were investigating "allegations of misconduct" on the set in Mexico. A film writer for the Los Angeles Times cited (opens in new tab) a source who said contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios got "extremely drunk" and engaged in sexual activity in the pool. The next day, a producer reportedly filed a complaint over "what she witnessed" between the two contestants.
On Wednesday, Corinne issued an official statement to TMZ. "I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4," she said. "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," she said. "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."
DeMario has yet to issue an official statement, but sources close to him told TMZ he wants the footage of their encounter to be released so he can set the record straight. those sources say DeMario has claimed Corinne was lucid the entire time and the encounter was consensual.
Host Chris Harrison responded to speculation on Tuesday, noting there was a lot of "rumors and misinformation being put out there." he said Warner Bros is handling an investigation into the incident, and until then, fans should "be patient and respect the privacy of the parties involved."
Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
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