DeMario Jackson Responds To The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Incident With Two Brief Tweets
Production on Bachelor in Paradise was abruptly shut down this week amid allegations of misconduct on set. Now, more details surrounding the two contestants at the center of the controversy have started to surface. While neither has made an official statement regarding the matter, one of the cast members, Bachelorette alum DeMario Jackson, has responded to the Bachelor In Paradise incident with a few tweets just hours after the news broke.
Seasons 4 of the hit reality dating series was reportedly halted after a field producer reportedly filed a complaint. According to multiple sources, the other contestant allegedly involved in the incident, Bachelor star Corinne Olympios, was reportedly too drunk to consent to a sexual encounter that reportedly took place between her and Jackson in a hot tub, following heavy drinking.
According to TMZ, the two were "getting extremely sexual in a swimming pool" on the first day of filming. The outlet also reported that sources had claimed Jackson engaged in oral sex and other sexual acts with Olympios, which she reportedly does not remember happening. That fact later allegedly led a producer to believe there may have been an issue with consent after seeing the footage of what was shot that day.
As for Jackson’s take on what happened, he seemingly responded to these disturbing allegations on Twitter on Sunday after he engaged in a brief back-and-forth with another user on the social media site.
"Sooooo @demariojackson_ you can't follow me without me asking you...." a Twitter user wrote on Sunday with a GIF of Oprah mouthing "So what is the truth?"
"hahahaha," he responded.
"Black women watching you on tv.... WE NEED ANSWERS! Lmaoooo," the same person tweeted him back with another GIF of Tyra Banks yelling "We were rooting for you!"
"ALT FACTS," Jackson replied.
Earlier that day, Warner Bros. issued a statement to Entertainment Tonight, confirming that the show had been suspended amid "allegations of misconduct."
"We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations," the statement read. "Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action."
While neither of the contestants allegedly involved has yet to give an official statement on the matter, TMZ reported that Olympios doesn't "fully blame" Jackson — who was recently sent home on the current season of The Bachelorette — for the alleged incident because he was also allegedly drunk that day.
The reality show was set to premiere later this summer, but it's reportedly unlikely that the show will resume production as an investigation could take months to conclude.