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EXCLUSIVE: DeMario Jackson 'Glad' He Is Shown in 'Bachelor in Paradise': 'Roll the Tape'

by Jennifer Drysdale 12:22 PM PDT, August 08, 2017
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DeMario Jackson is ready for the truth to come to light about the Bachelor in Paradise scandal.

"I'm glad footage of that day is being shown. I've always stuck to my truth and said, 'roll the tape,'" Jackson told ET. "This is a victory for all men who have been falsely accused." Corinne Olympios has never made accusations against Jackson, though he was the subject of a firestorm of comments online. 

WATCH: 'Bachelor in Paradise': New Promo Shows First Footage of Corinne Olympios & DeMario Jackson

The newest Paradise promo, which premiered during the finale of The Bachelorette, opens with Olympios leading Jackson into the water for some "pool time." The two are fully clothed, but are shown getting close.

"This is 30 minutes into Paradise, Corinne and DeMario are already having a blast, hanging out with each other in the pool," contestant Alex Woytkiew says in the preview, before clips of producers start whisking Corinne and DeMario away from conversations.

"Corinne was getting pulled away, DeMario was getting pulled away, and I'm thinking, 'What did he just do?'" contestant Danielle Maltby explains. "Are Corinne and DeMario OK? All we know is that we aren't filming, so what the f**k is happening?"

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Production seems to be addressing the controversy head-on, with host Chris Harrison recently telling ET that he would sit down for interviews with Jackson and Olympios to discuss the incident that temporarily halted filming in June. Those interviews taped on Saturday, but Jackson tells ET that he did not see or speak to Olympios that day.

Jackson also says that he doesn't hold grudges and tried to take the high road since the scandal broke, and would speak to Olympios if the opportunity presented itself.

A source close to production, meanwhile, tells ET that viewers can expect more footage of the first few days of filming when the show premieres next week, but it's unclear if the encounter itself will be aired.

Season four of Bachelor in Paradise premieres Monday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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ET caught up with Paradise contestant Amanda Stanton last month, who opened up about the "intense" atmosphere and new rules when filming resumed. See what she said in the video below.

Reporting by Lauren Zima.

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