“Bachelor In Paradise” has been surrounded by trouble for the past few weeks after a wild night between DeMario Jackson and Corrine Olympios during the show’s filming resulted in a sex scandal.
Jackson detailed the night from his perspective for the first time in an exclusive interview with E! News published Monday night. He claims that Corinne was “the aggressor” on the night of their poolside encounter.
“That night was probably the wildest night of my entire life,” Jackson told E! News of the first night of filming. “Like, we went for it.”
Jackson told E! he felt a connection with Olympios because they were both seen as villains from their previous appearances on the “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor” and that led them to hit it off at the bar right off the bat.
“Our first real conversation was at the bar,” Jackson said. “We were hanging out. We kind of were just complimenting each other on being villains. I was like, ‘Look, I’ve accepted this role.’ We were kind of just laughing, like, ‘Oh, we’re about to dominate Paradise!’ Like homie stuff, like really, really like friends. And then, you know, we started having a little bit more fun … and had a few drinks.”
DeMario said that things got “a little hot and heavy” at the bar and Corinne eventually wrapped her legs around him and said “let’s go to the pool, let’s go hang out.”
“I was like, ‘Hell yeah!’ You know, I’m down for it. I’m not gonna … I don’t think any single man — some married ones — wouldn’t turn down Corinne. She’s a beautiful woman!” Jackson admitted. But he said he was careful to make sure the cameras came with them.
“It’s crazy because when you’re a man — mostly African American man — no matter where you’re at, you always look for things that can help you out. And at that moment, I made sure that the cameras followed us. It just seemed too perfect in a sense for me, and at the point, that’s when my spidey senses got up.”
Jackson then went into detail about what happened by the pool, which has resulted in the ongoing sex scandal.
“[We were] kissing, rubbing, touching. It’s nothing too sexual yet,” he recalled. “Things got wild because it was more of her being the aggressor, which was sexy. … When you have a very attractive girl telling you what she wants, it’s like a very, like, ‘Wow, OK! This is hot. This is very … I like it.'”
At this point both DeMario and Corinne had removed their bathing suits and when Jackson sat by the pool, Olympios made a sexual advance toward him.
“I get out of the pool, and I have my legs in the pool, and I’m just hanging out. … This is when she gets up out of the pool and puts her lady parts right on my face,” Jackson said. “I don’t know if I can say it,” Jackson hesitated. “She straddled me, like put her…literally smack dab right there,” he said, putting his palm to his face. “I’m like, ‘Oh s**t!'”
A few days later Jackson was told to bow out, and Warner Bros. shut down the production to conduct an investigation. Jackson was later cleared of any misconduct by the network and the show resumed filming without him. Olympios and her legal team are still looking into the incident on their own.