‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Contestant Allegedly Too Drunk To Consent To On-Screen Hookup

‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Contestant Allegedly Too Drunk To Consent To On-Screen Hookup

By Kelly Burch 06/14/17

Filming of the show has been put on hold as an investigation into the incident is being conducted.

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Corinne Olympios and Demario Jackson
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Filming of the reality show Bachelor in Paradise was suspended after a contestant of the show, DeMario Jackson, was allegedly filmed in a sexual encounter with a contestant named Corinne Olympios, who may have been too drunk to consent. 

“The show absolutely values the primacy of consent, and this instance it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given,” a source from the show told People magazine.

According to two sources that spoke with People, the incident took place after Jackson and Olympios had been drinking all day. Other contestants on the show were upset that the crew did nothing to stop the encounter, the sources said. 

“People are pissed, and not just at DeMario. We’re pissed that this whole thing happened,” a contestant said. “They could have seen that she was drinking too much and that he was taking advantage. They could have stopped this before it got this far. But they decided to let it go, and let it happen, and see what happened? So, I’m angry at the show, and everyone else is too.”

Filming was put on hold and the producers say they are investigating the incident, but that no law enforcement officials have been involved. 

“There are no authorities involved, no law enforcement but the incident was flagged internally and they take these matter seriously, so they’re looking into it,” the source said. “But Bachelor in Paradise will not be resuming—this summer at least.”

After the incident was reported on Monday, a source told TMZ that Jackson wanted the footage released, believing that it would clear his name. 

TMZ named the contestant that Jackson hooked up with as Corinne Olympios. According to Olympios, she was not sober enough to consent to the sexual acts that took place in the pool, and she remembers nothing of the encounter. However, TMZ reported that people who have seen the footage said she was lucid in the pool. Other sources said that two hours after the encounter Olympios was too drunk to stand. 

Bachelor in Paradise brings former contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to Mexico. Last weekend, however, the cast of this year's show was spotted flying out of Puerto Vallarta, near where the show was being filmed. 

Warner Bros. has not commented on the specific allegations brought against the cast member. Olympios, via her rep, issued a statement exclusively to People about the incident and her plans to move forward with litigation:

“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...I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life."

On Wednesday afternoon, Jackson issued a statement to E! News: “It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations. 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.”

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