“Bachelor in Paradise” Season 4 contestant DeMario Jackson spoke to E! News about the show’s recent scandal, and more footage from the sit-down was released Monday.
Jackson was a cast member on “Paradise” until Warner Bros. announced on June 11 that it was shutting down production due to “allegations of misconduct.” Jackson and co-star Corinne Olympios indicated that they were involved in the incident in question.
“Paradise” has resumed production after the studio announced last week that the results of its investigation did “not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member.” Jackson has said he will not return to the reality spin-off.
Jackson told E! News in a two-part interview airing Monday and Tuesday that he and Olympios immediately hit off during the first night of filming.
“That night was probably one of the wildest nights of my entire life,” Jackson said. “Like, we went for it.”
He said that the pair spent time chatting at the bar and bonding over the fact that they both felt vilified during their respective seasons on the “Bachelor” franchise. Jackson said that they started to have “a little bit more fun … and had a few drinks.”
“From the bar scene, it got a little hot and heavy,” he said. “She got in my arms, and we started making out at the bar.” He added that she then wrapped her legs around him: “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 said he didn’t think Corinne was drunk yet, and that she then encouraged them to move things to the pool. He said that at this point, he wanted to be sure that the cameras were filming them, since he realized that things were moving fast.
“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 the cameras followed us,” he said. “It just seemed too perfect in a sense for me, and at the point, that’s when my Spidey senses got up.”
Jackson said that Olympios was the one encouraging them to get amorous.
“[We were] kissing, rubbing, touching. It’s nothing too sexual yet,” he said. “Things got wild because it was more 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.’”
According to Jackson, they took off their bathing suits, and when he left the pool, Olympios suggested to him that she wanted oral sex.
“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,” he said.
He added that he performed oral sex on Olympios: “She straddled me, like, put her … literally smack-dab right there [on my face]. I’m like, ‘Oh s—!’”
He said that Olympios woke up the next day with a bad hangover but that the two were cordial, sharing a hug and then getting breakfast with other cast members.
“She wasn’t mad. We were hanging out. Actually, I offered her a shot, and she said that the production had cut her off from drinking for the day,” he said.
Jackson said that filming resumed for three days until a producer pulled him aside and told him there was a concern.
“He goes, ‘Here’s what I’m gonna need you to do: I’m going to need you to bow out. Tell [Chris Harrison] and the crew you that love them, you’re thankful. However, you — you know you’re not there for the right reasons,’” Jackson said. “I’m like, what the f—? Straight up. He goes, ‘I can’t tell you what I know, but it’s going to be bad if you don’t leave tonight.’”
Olympios’ lawyer, Martin Singer, released a statement on June 20 criticizing Warner Bros.’ handling of the situation: “Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”
Jackson told “Inside Edition” earlier this month that he lost his job as an executive recruiter due to fallout from the scandal.