The female “Bachelor in Paradise” contestant who was allegedly sexually assaulted on set spoke out for the first time Wednesday to say she believes she’s a “victim” and has hired a lawyer to fight for “justice.”
Corinne Olympios says she hardly remembers anything from the night where she apparently hooked up with a male contestant, DeMario Jackson, in the pool while she was intoxicated.
A producer filed a complaint questioning whether Olympios was too drunk to give her consent — and Olympios claimed that was the case in a statement Wednesday.
“I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened June 4,” Olympios began.
“As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality,” she continued. “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.”
Olympios hired high-end Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer, who has represented Charlie Sheen and Bill Cosby in the past, for the case, TMZ reported.
Production for the season was halted after the producer filed the complaint, and Warner Bros. launched an internal investigation to determine whether anything unlawful took place.
Possible video footage of the incident has not been released by the show’s producers. Olympios was said to be very drunk at the bar before she and Jackson got into the pool together, a source told the Los Angeles Times.
Jackson broke his silence Wednesday for the first time since the allegations surfaced, simply calling Olympios an “awesome girl” in a video posted by Entertainment Tonight.