Less than one week after his named was cleared in the Bachelor in Paradise sexual misconduct scandal, DeMario Jackson is finally speaking out.
The former Bachelorette star was vindicated after an investigation conducted by Warner Bros. concluded that there was no sexual assault involved in his drunken pool hookup with his Bachelor in Paradise co-star Corinne Olympios. But now that the scandal has blown over, DeMario is opening 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, 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 allegations also affected the other women in his family, including his grandmother and aunts. But he said he drew strength from his father throughout the ordeal.
“My dad, he kept me extremely strong,” he revealed. “He kept me grounded and humble, but having your mom cry every day for something you know you didn’t do.”
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Earlier this month, production on the set of BiP Season 4 came to a halt when a producer filed a complaint of "sexual misconduct" after reviewing footage of Corinne and DeMario's hookup. Witnesses claimed that Corinne seemed to be unconscious and too drunk to consent to sexual activity with DeMario, but TMZ reported that the tapes proved that Corinne was "fully engaged" and "lucid" during their hookup.
"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," read a statement from Warner Bros. obtained by E! News. "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 in a three-part interview that is set to air on Monday and Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on E! News.