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DeMario Jackson Speaks On Race In His ‘Bachelor In Paradise” Sex Scandal
We extensively chronicled the alleged sexual assault that took place on the Bachelor In Paradise between cast mates DeMario Jackson and Corrine Olympios.
While DeMario was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, he’s still speaking out on the injustice that he feels was done to him and why it happened in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
“I think people wanted it to be something different,” Jackson, 30, who is black, says of his on-set encounter with Olympios, 25, a white contestant. “They wanted the angry black guy and this little, innocent white girl. But it wasn’t that.”
He goes on to say:
THR:Now that the footage has aired and Bachelor in Paradise addressed what happened, how do you feel?
DeMario: I’m relieved. My story has never changed. I’’ve never cracked. I’ve never been angry or upset. I just told my truth. Unfortunately, we live in a society where the whole world is going to side with the woman. Even when the story doesn’t make sense. In this situation, I don’t think people used common sense. You’re on a multimillion-dollar set with 50 to 100-plus cameras, 300 workers and an entire production. I love how [castmate] Alex [Woytkiw] was giving the play-by-play with what was going on with me and Corinne when we were in the pool, because it showed all the production, all the people and the castmates watching. I was actually telling the truth, so I’m relieved.
Black men’s sexual advances toward white woman obviously has a violent and painful history, so can only imagine what DeMario was feeling while all this was happening.
You can peep this interview in full HERE.