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'Bachelor in Paradise' contestants break their silence amid TV controversy

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UPDATE 7:46 p.m. EST:

Moments after Corinne Olympios' issued a statement, co-star DeMario Jackson followed suit, claiming he will pursue legal action. 

“It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations,” Jackson said in a statement to E! News. “I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared and, per the advice of legal counsel, will be seeking all available remedies entitled to me under the laws.”


ORIGINAL STORY: "Bachelor in Paradise" contestant Corinne Olympios has hired top Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer in the wake of a scandal that resulted in the indefinite suspension of the dating reality show, according to Variety. 

In a Wednesday statement, Olympios broke her silence for the first time amid accusations of sexual misconduct. 

“I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened the night of June 4," the statement read. "Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production."

It continued, "As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality. 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.”

The surfacing statement officially confirms Olympios as the contestant in question. Circulating media reports in recent days alleged that she was intoxicated and involved in a sexual situation with a male co-star while on-set cameras were filming for "Bachelor in Paradise."

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