After his name was cleared in the Bachelor in Paradise sexual misconduct scandal, it didn’t take long for DeMario Jackson to share his side of the story. The former Bachelorette star was vindicated after an investigation conducted by Warner Bros. concluded that no sexual assault took place during his hookup with co-star Corinne Olympios. But once the scandal blew over — only to be resurrected during the Aug. 14 premiere of Season 4 — the LA-based contestant opened up about how those allegations affected him and his family.
“It was stressful for me, mostly for my mother,” DeMario said in an interview with E! News while holding back tears. “It’s hard to see your mom like, cry every single day. It was very difficult.”
He wiped away tears and mentioned that the accusations also affected the other women in his family, including his grandmother and aunts. But he drew strength from his father throughout the ordeal. “My dad, he kept me extremely strong,” DeMario revealed. “He kept me grounded and humble, but having your mom cry every day for something you know you didn’t do.”
DeMario then went on to provide graphic details of his NSFW encounter with Corinne. “[We were] kissing, rubbing, touching. It’s nothing too sexual yet,” he explained. “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.'”
He claimed the blonde beauty was very assertive the entire time. “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 added. “She straddled me, like put her…literally smack dab right there.”
After production came to a halt on Season 4 in early June, it was announced a little over a week later that filming had resumed. “Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident,” Warner Bros. said in a statement at the time. “We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.”
DeMario will continue to tell his side of the story on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Love Bachelor in Paradise? Be sure to join our Bachelor in Paradise Facebook group to chat about all the latest updates, exclusive interviews, and juicy gossip!