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Corinne Olympios to appear on 'Bachelor in Paradise's Season 4 reunion special after sex scandal


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/13/2017 

Corinne Olympios will be appearing on Bachelor in Paradise's fourth-season reunion special.

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"I am very happy to be appearing on the Bachelor in Paradise special," Corinne, 25, said in a media statement obtained by People.

The reunion special will be Corinne's first public interview addressing the events of the recent Bachelor in Paradise controversy.

Production on the show temporarily shut down last month after a Bachelor in Paradise producer filed a complaint alleging misconduct in regards to a public hookup between Corinne and fellow cast member DeMario Jackson on June 4.

Since both cast members had been drinking heavily that day, consent to the sexual encounter was in question. Corinne also called herself "a victim" in the situation once news of the incident circulated.

DeMario, on the other hand, insisted at the time his character was being "assassinated with false claims and malicious allegations" in light of accusations he had taken advantage of Corinne in Paradise.

Warner Bros. therefore launched a week-long investigation but ultimately determined no evidence of misconduct or sexual assault had been found. ABC therefore resumed taping the fourth season, which is now set to premiere on Monday, August 14. (The initial premiere date was August 8).

Corinne had been invited back to film the rest of Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise in Sayulita, Mexico once taping resumed, but she turned down the opportunity.

"I felt victimized by the fact that others were judging me through conflicting and unsubstantiated reports, while I myself had no recollection of the events that transpired," Corinne said in a statement late last month when announcing that her legal team had concluded its separate investigation.

"My team's investigation into this matter has now been completed to my satisfaction. I am also happy about the changes that have been made to the production of Bachelor in Paradise," Corinne said, referring to newly-enforced rules and regulations on the set.

"While I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been a participant on The Bachelor," she continued, "and while I was invited to return to Bachelor in Paradise when production resumed, I respectfully made the decision not to."

Corinne, however, announced her participation in Bachelor in Paradise's reunion special several days after DeMario Jackson, 30, confirmed he will be returning for the Bachelor in Paradise reunion show as well as The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All special for Rachel Lindsay's currently-airing season on ABC.

"I'm doing The Men Tell All for The Bachelorette and I'll be doing Paradise as well," DeMario told TMZ earlier this week.

"I owe it to my castmates. They've been very supportive of me throughout this whole entire thing and I want to thank them all personally, face to face -- give them all hugs and bro out or sis out, or whatever. They've been so helpful."

DeMario already shared his side of the story during a two-part, sit-down interview with E! News, but he's been waiting for the chance to talk to Corinne, telling TMZ he "would love to" speak with her.

"I'll wait for her to [bring it up to me]. If she wants to come up to me, we can talk on camera. We can talk offline. Whether it's [at the reunion show] or in the future, 10 years from now," DeMario told TMZ, adding that he's "very forgiving" and not "one of those petty people" who hope for a confrontation or big scene.

ABC has yet to announce Bachelor in Paradise's reunion special or when it will air on ABC.


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