"Bachelor in Paradise" contest DeMario Jackson has been at the center of a media firestorm since the show was cancelled amid reports of sexual misconduct involving him and fellow contest Corinne Olympios was revealed, and now, Jackson's lawyer is speaking out for the first time.
Jackon's lawyer Walter Mosley tells Variety that his client has become "a celebrity for all the wrong reasons.” Earlier this week, Jackson told Inside Edition that he was waiting for the video footage to be released, saying "My character has been assassinated, my family name has been drug through the mud. The only thing I want is for the truth to come out. I feel like the truth will be able to come out in those videos."
Mosley says the videos in question are a vital part of this investigation, as they would ultimately set the record straight on what happened, who did what, and if there is anyone to blame.
“As a lawyer, oftentimes, you’re in a case where it’s a he-said-she-said and there are parties with conflicting stories, and every once in a while, you’re gifted with a story that the entire thing is caught on camera,” Mosley said. “This is one of those rare occasions because they were shooting a reality television show. For 20 or 30 people to get it wrong or to miss something, for seasoned professionals over at Warner Bros. and ABC to get it wrong and for some third party who never saw the tape and who wasn’t on set at the time of the incident to make an accusation — as a lawyer, it’s like Christmas.”
Though Mosley is unable to detail Jackson's account of the situation, he is certain that there will be no charges against his client. "There’s no criminal investigation and we don’t fear any criminal investigation.”
Production on "BIP" Season 4 ceased indefinitely after producers of the show launched an internal investigation into reports of misconduct. Warner Bros., the television studio behind the ABC franchise, released a statement last Sunday.
"We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of 'Bachelor in Paradise' in Mexico. We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action."
Jackson made headlines before all of the "BIP" drama when he appeared on the current season on "The Bachelorette" where Rachel Lindsay sent him home for allegedly being in a relationship while on the show. Jackson's lawyer notes that even in that instance, production of ABC's show was questionable, as Moskley claims Jackson would say the whole thing was staged.
“I’m sure if you asked him that, he’d say they brought a girl from my past who I never knew and had a few text messages exchanged, but they paid her to come on and say that she’s my girlfriend — she wasn’t. But that’s part of reality TV. You sign up for that, and that’s the producers’ job to find a girl that would come on and do that.”
“It’s been a real joy working with DeMario. He’s super smart, very witty, well educated, comes from a really great family,” Mosley said. “You might read something or see him on ‘The Bachelorette,’ but the first thing about him is that he’s just a good kid from a really good family. He has no record, has never been accused of anything like this, and no one that knows him would ever think he would be in this type of situation.”