DeMario Jackson thought he found a kindred spirit in Corinne Olympios.
In his first interview since he and Olympios became the target of an internal investigation while shooting season 4 of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise, Jackson told E! News that he and Olympios shared drinks while bonding over being deemed “villains” by the producers.
“We were hanging out. We kind of were just complimenting each other on being villains,” Jackson told E! News in the first of a three-part interview that will continue tonight. “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.”
Jackson then described a scenario that got “a little hot and heavy” with lots of heavy petting. “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 claims it was Olympios’ decision to move them from the bar to the pool, where their petting became even steamier. “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,” DeJackson told E! News. “And at that moment, I made sure 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.”
Later, “things got wild because it was more of like her being like the aggressor, which was like sexy because you have like a very attractive girl who’s like telling you like what she wants, it’s like a very like, ‘Wow, okay. This is hot. I like it,'” he explained.
For her part, Olympios has claimed she was a “victim” and that “as a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality.” She retained high-powered Hollywood attorney Marty Singer after returning from Mexico.
“It needs to be made crystal clear that production of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down because of multiple complaints received from BIP producers and crew members on the set,” Singer said in a statement. “It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone. It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”
On June 20, Warner Bros. announced it had completed its investigation of the alleged scandal and said no misconduct had taken place between Jackson and Olympios. Production resumed on the reality show, with the studio promising a “plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.”
Jackson and Olympios did not return to the show’s Mexico set. Jackson also lawyered up after production was suspended.
For more of Jackson’s interview with E! News, click here.