Corinne Olympios Explains Exactly What Happened During 'Bachelor in Paradise' Scandal

Corinne Olympios

Corinne Olympios is ready to tell her side of the story -- and she sat down with Good Morning America today to explain it. It's the first interview that the Bachelor in Paradise star has done since allegations of sexual misconduct between her and costar DeMario Jackson shut down production on the set earlier this summer, and Corinne cleared a couple things up.


First off, she has no ill will toward DeMario. She knows that he did nothing wrong, despite calling herself a "victim" when this whole ugly story broke last June. When asked how she felt that she'd been a victim, Corinne explained that it was more about the media portrayal of her than anything else.

The Miami native claims that she was blacked out during the sequence of events that led to the show being shut down for nearly two weeks, thanks to a bad combination of prescription medication and alcohol.

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"I did drink too much," she explained. "I definitely understand that, but I was also on a medication that severely blacks you out and impairs your judgment, messes with your balance ... I didn't know that you were supposed to not drink on [the medication]. It really just caused a horrible, horrible blackout. It was like I went under anesthesia and then just woke up."

Since then, Corinne said that's she's taken time to herself to heal from the whole experience, and is "doing better" these days. After deciding not to rejoin the cast in Paradise, she said, "I have definitely taken my time to deal with everything, heal, and I just felt laying low was really the best thing for me to do."

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Corinne was cruelly slut-shamed after the scandal went public, which is what she said made her feel victimized. "I was a victim of just being blown into the media and having people make these crazy assumptions and judgments about what happened that day," she confessed. "All of a sudden, people became an expert on the situation on what happened and it's like, 'Well, I'm still trying to figure out exactly what happened.' It was just horrible to deal with."

This whole situation has been awful, and we feel for everyone involved. Hopefully they're all able to move forward as best as possible.

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