If it’s possible, the plot continues to thicken with the Bachelor in Paradise situation between former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson. Olympios, the alleged victim of the sexual incident between the two, announced that she will be joining the BIP reunion show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Even though the reality star declined the invitation to return to the ABC spinoff post-incident, Olympios stated via her publicist, “I am very happy to be appearing on the Bachelor in Paradise special.” Jackson also announced that he will be there, which means that the two will be reunited for the first time since the incident. The reunion show has yet to tape.
This news carries some weight considering the circumstances surrounding the original incident that shut down production entirely. Season 4 of BIP was set to shoot in Sayulita, Mexico. On the first night, Olympios and Jackson were reportedly drunk and started getting intimate in a pool. Things came to a halt when a producer claimed that the frisky fun turned into some nonconsensual sexual acts while the cameras were still rolling. The producers and Warner Bros. Television suspended production on the season when a producer filed a misconduct lawsuit against the show’s production team. Even though WBTV concluded that there was no such misconduct based on the footage, Olympios pursued her own investigation into the matter.
The Bachelor star’s representatives, publicist Stan Rosenfield and attorney Marty Singer, spoke of their investigation at the end of last month. “It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrongdoing had occurred,” said Singer. “Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”
Olympios also stated herself, via her publicist, “My team’s investigation into this matter has now been completed to my satisfaction.”
This reunion will be the first public appearance for Olympios since the events, and will be the first time she will be addressing the incident that took place on June 4. ABC also revealed that the premiere of the now-controversial season will air Aug. 14, a week after it was initially set to air.
While what would constitute justice in the situation is still unclear, it’s refreshing to see that Olympios will be open to talking about the sensitive hot button issue during the reunion.