"Bachelor In Paradise" Victim Gives Public Comments On Consent Issue

"As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality."

By Eric Shorey

Earlier this week, reality program Bachelor In Paradise halted production after it became clear that a cast member was put into a sexually compromising position without being able to properly consent. Although previously unnamed, Corinne Olympios is now giving a public comment on the issue.

Olympios provided the following statement to TMZ:

"I am 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. As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening."

According to E! News, DeMario Jackson, who is being accused of misconduct, issued the following response though his publicist after declining to give comments elsewhere:

"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." 

Production has been suspended until Warner Bros. completes an investigation into the issue. It's unclear if the show will be cancelled.

"Warner Bros. is handling the investigation. They're moving quickly to gather all the facts, and once that's done a clear concise decision can be made about where we go from here," said Chris Harrison, host of the Bachelor franchise, on Good Morning America.

h/t: Jezebel

[Photo: Getty Images]

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