‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Host Chris Harrison Claims Corinne Olympios Is Not a Victim
Bachelor in Paradise shut down production this past June after allegations of misconduct were filed by a producer on the basis that Corinne was too drunk to consent to sexual activity that occurred between her and contestant DeMario Jackson.
In June, Corinne released a statement that she was a "victim" and had "little memory" of the night in question.
Production restarted after a Warner Brothers investigation found no evidence of misconduct.
The resumed season is now currently airing on ABC.
In a new interview with People, the BiP host addressed conversation about the allegations that took place on this past Tuesday’s episode, in which many contestants came to the defense of DeMario.
“I think people have to be very careful in using the word ‘victim’ because there was not a victim,” Chris told the magazine.
After production shut down, an anonymous crew member gave an account of the incident between Corinne and DeMario to the Daily Mail, describing what would uncompromisingly amount to sexual assault.
The source claims the events occurred after producers suggested the two contestants hook up.
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“There was hugging and kissing and touching, but before long, she seemed to go limp and was sliding under water,” the source said.
“DeMario kept trying to hold her up and at the same time he appeared to be having intercourse with her.”
“After he finished — which only lasted a few seconds — he lifted her out of the water and laid her on the cement, where he proceeded to have oral sex with her.
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“She appeared to be unconscious. At that point some of the crew came out and carried her off to her room.
"She was limp and seemed unable to walk on her own.”
When The Cut reported on the Daily Mail’s account, a source told the site that the studio disputed the claim that Corinne “seemed to go limp.”
According to TMZ, Corinne placed blame on producers for not intervening, rather than on DeMario.
In his latest conversation with People, BIP host Chris maintained the assertion that no crime occurred.
“There was not an assault. There was not a crime,” he said.
"There was not anything other than what turned out to be just an unfortunate event that they got caught up in.”
He also addressed other contestants coming out in support of DeMario.
“I think they were quick to defend DeMario because they knew Corinne wasn’t a victim," he said.
"They knew she wasn’t hurt and injured in any of this."
“The person that was really being attacked was more of DeMario," he continued.
“I guess, maybe it came off as victim blaming, but that’s probably why they felt a little sensitive for DeMario.
“I think they felt that he was being unjustly accused of something.”
"I think people wanted it to be something different," he told the The Hollywood Reporter. "They wanted the angry black guy and this little, innocent white girl. But it wasn't that.”
"If I would have been [white contestants] Alex [Woytkiw] or Derek [Peth], we wouldn't even be having this conversation. I would probably be engaged to Alexis [Waters] right now."
In Corinne's statement in June, the star said she was "seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from" the incident.
She did not return to the show when production resumed, issuing a new statement.
"My intent over the past few weeks has been to learn and understand what happened on June 4," she said.
"While I never filed complaints or accusations against anyone associated with Bachelor in Paradise, my team and I felt it was very important to be thorough in getting to the bottom of what had occurred."
"My team’s investigation into this matter has now been completed to my satisfaction," she continued.
What do you think of Chris's latest remarks? Let us know in the comments.
Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.