DeMario Jackson: 'Bachelorette' star faces SEXUAL ASSAULT charges filed by TWO separate women
The two women are suing DeMario Jackson for intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment in addition to sexual assault
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Two separate women have filed sexual assault cases against DeMario Jackson, a former contestant on 'Bachelorette' and 'Bachelor in Paradise.' According to TMZ, the two women, who both filed the cases at Los Angeles County Superior Court under pseudonyms Jane Doe1 and Jane Doe 2, claim DeMario used his celebrity status to "lure the unsuspecting plaintiffs" into a false sense of security. They assert that he was fully aware of what he was doing.
The reality TV dating show, a spin-off of 'The Bachelor', first premiered in 2003. DeMario appeared in the 16th season of the popular show which premiered on October 13, 2020. Tayshia Adams a former phlebotomist, and Clare Crawley, a hairstylist, both featured in the season.
According to Jane Doe 1, who claimed to have met DeMario through a dating app, she allegedly allowed him to stay for the night in February 2018 as he was in an inebriated state. She claimed that she told DeMario that they wouldn't engage in any sexual activity but he persisted and allegedly pinned her to the bed before assaulting her sexually. She also said that at the time, she was terrified for her life.
The second woman, Jane Doe 2 is said to have first spoken to DeMario via social media in April 2019. A year later, he asked her on a date and specified that it would take place at his apartment because he didn't want to be seen if they went out. According to the documents, she reluctantly consented to have sex with him under pressure before telling him to stop but he allegedly persisted in doing so.
The two women are suing DeMario for intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment in addition to sexual assault. TMZ report said that they are seeking unspecified damages.
The former 'Bachelorette' star is not new to controversies. Vulture reported that in late June when filming on the Mexican set of 'Bachelor' spinoff was suspended due to "allegations of misconduct", the future of both the fourth season of 'Bachelor in Paradise' and the entire series came into question. Warner Bros then opened an internal investigation.
According to a producer's complaint, one or both of the contestants may have been too inebriated to agree to a sexual encounter that was captured on camera. Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, the two contestants involved, have both since sought legal counsel and spoken out about the incident.