MIAMI — Miami’s Corinne Olympios returned to Bachelor in Paradise to discuss her encounter with DeMario Jackson earlier this summer.
Olympios, who had previously insinuated that Jackson had sexually assaulted her, backtracked yesterday, blaming instead a combination of alcohol and prescription meds for her behavior.
“It can look like you’re totally present and totally there, and your mind can just be not anywhere near,” she said. “It impairs your judgment. It completely unbalances you, it’s just crazy.”
Earlier in the day, Olympios, 25, went on Good Morning America to plead her case.
“’I did drink too much. I definitely understand that. But I was also on a medication that severely blacks you out and impairs your judgment and messes with your balance,” she said. “I didn’t know you were not supposed to drink on. And so, I really just caused a horrible, horrible blackout. It was like I went under anesthesia and just woke up.”
Olympios had initially portrayed herself as the victim, releasing a statement in June that read:
“’I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. 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.”
Now, she has shifted blame from Jackson to the media.
“’You know, I was really a victim of the media. All of a sudden people became an expert on the situation and what happened, and it’s like, “Well, I’m still trying to figure out what happened.” It was just horrible to deal with,” she said.
Though now she says, “I don’t blame DeMario. I never pointed fingers at DeMario.” The implication early on was that he had taken advantage of her.
Jackson recounted his own version of the events after filming on the show was suspended.
“I get out of the pool, and I have my legs in the pool, and I’m just hanging out…This is when she gets up out of the pool and puts her lady parts right on my face,” he said. “I don’t know if I can say it. She straddled me, like put her…literally smack dab right there,” putting his hand on his face. “I’m like, ‘Oh s–t!'”
Olympios says she is still on the medication responsible for her blackout.
“I definitely, um, I am weening off that medication. I don’t want to take something that, you know, what happened is very scary,” she said.
Olympios apparently has two new projects lined up, according to reports.
“I do have a [reality] show in the works, and I’m also working on a scripted show with one of my favorite producers,” she said.
Since the scandal, Olympios has entered therapy and called it quits with boyfriend Jordan Gielchinsky, who she was reportedly dating before and after going on Bachelor in Paradise.
No news on why she went on a dating show if she was in a relationship. Maybe it’s the media’s fault.