During a candid interview with E! News on Monday night, DeMario detailed his hookup with Corinne that prompted a producer to file a complaint with Warner Bros. over the concern Corinne was too drunk to participate and therefore may have been taken advantage of by DeMario.
"That night was probably the wildest night of my entire life, like, we went for it!" DeMario told E! News.
The sexual encounter not only halted production on Season 4, but allegations of "misconduct" prompted a thorough investigation, which concluded last week with no evidence of wrongdoing on DeMario's part. Production has since resumed filming.
"Some of the things I was reading were just so nasty. I feel like the human race had failed the hell out of me," DeMario said, likely referencing reports Corinne was "limp" during their sexual activity and nearly "unconscious" in the pool, among others.
Following the incident, Corinne released a statement calling herself "a victim," saying she's been dealing with "physical and emotional trauma" stemming from that night in Paradise. But DeMario has stood his ground from the start, insisting the sex was consensual and his character has been wrongly and unfairly "assassinated."
DeMario recalled his side of what happened that day in Paradise during his interview with E! News starting from the beginning when he walked down the stairs to enter the Mexican resort.
"I was the villain from [The Bachelorette], straight up. Like, I was nervous. I was sweating," said DeMario, who was accused of having a girlfriend back home when competing for Rachel Lindsay's heart. (DeMario, however, called her a "fake girlfriend").
Corinne was also the villain on Nick Viall's season of The Bachelor because she led with her sexuality and had no problem rubbing her fellow bachelorettes the wrong way if it meant receiving attention from Nick.
DeMario explained of Corinne, "So our first real conversation was at the bar and we were hanging out, and we were kind of just complimenting each other on being villains. I was like, 'Look, I've accepted this role.'"
"We were like, 'Oh, we're about to dominate Paradise!'" the former executive recruiter recalled with a laugh.
"Real homie stuff, like really, really like friends. And then, you know, we started having a little bit more fun and a were having a few drinks. That bar scene got a little hot and heavy. She hopped in my arms and we starting making out at the bar. She was a great kisser."
DeMario then claimed Corinne wrapped her legs around him, elaborating, "I was like, 'Hell yeah! I'm down for it.' I don't think any single man would turn down Corinne, you know, she's a beautiful woman."
When asked whether Corinne seemed drunk when they were making out, he replied, "No."
"That's the thing. We had all just got going. It was more like we were all talking and mingling," he continued.
"And then she was like, 'Let's go to the pool. Let's hang out.' It's crazy because when you're a man, mostly an African-American man, no matter where you're at, you always look for things that can help you out. And at that moment, I made sure that the cameras followed us. It just seemed too perfect, in a sense, for me."
In addition to kissing, DeMario said his sexual encounter with Corinne started off with "rubbing and touching," like "nothing too sexual yet."
"And then things got wild," he revealed, "because it was more of like her being the aggressor, which was sexy, because when you have a very attractive girl telling you what she wants, it's like, 'Wow, okay. This is very -- this is hot.' I mean, I liked it."
DeMario then explained he got out of the pool but kept his legs dangling over the side.
"This is when she gets up and out of the pool and just puts her lady parts, like, right on my face," DeMario revealed. "I don't know if I can say that."
When the reporter said there has been talk of "oral sex" that night, DeMario replied, "Correct."
When questioned whether Corinne seemed drunk by the time she put her "lady parts" in his face, DeMario said, "No!"
"I don't even know sober girls that can do what she did. I mean, she straddled me and put her [lady parts] literally, like, smack dab right there [on my face]. And I'm like, 'Oh sh-t.' We were already naked at that point. We had been naked the second we got to the pool," DeMario said.
DeMario added that Corinne was not even slurring her words, but he didn't want to downplay how crazy the action was, telling E! News, "Don't get me wrong. That night, we went for it."