The 30-year-old reality star recently sat down for his first interview since Warner Bros. said in a statement last week that the tapes do “not support any charge of misconduct” by a cast member, and was clearly emotional. Jackson talked about how his family has dealt with the scandal.
“It was stressful. For me, mostly for my mother,” Jackson tells E! News. “It’s hard to see your mom cry every single day. It was very difficult.”
Wiping away tears, he continues, “My dad, he kept me extremely strong and kept me grounded and humble but having your mom cry every day for something that you know you didn’t do.”
Production was halted on “Bachelor of Paradise” season four when a producer became uncomfortable during filming and filed a complaint. Neither 24-year-old Olympios or Jackson has filed a complaint at this time, but both have hired lawyers.
Olympios’ lawyer, Marty Singer, said last week that they’re continuing on with their own separate investigation into the incident.
“It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrongdoing had occurred,” Singer said in a statement to ET. “Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”
Meanwhile, Jackson’s lawyer, Walter Mosley, told ET earlier this month that his client was “seeing his doctors, meditating and just getting well.”
“First and foremost, outside of making sure my client is healthy, is clearing his name, vindicating him,” Mosley said. “He doesn’t need this to be over him, so that’s really my focus is clearing his name, [his] reputation.”
In another excerpt from the interview, Jackson confirms some details of earlier reports but defends Olympios against “slut shaming.”
“They were slut-shaming her because of what she did last season with Nick [Viall]. For me, it goes back to the human race. We failed,” says Jackson, elaborating that, in the eyes of many, a black man hooking up with a white woman must be a “rapist.”
“The minute you release this black man’s face and this white girl’s face, before either of us commented on it, I was already a ‘rapist,” he says.
Meanwhile, Jackson also confirms that oral sex was involved, but he insists that it was Olympios, not him, who was in the driver’s seat for the erotic encounter.
“[We were] kissing, rubbing, touching,” he adds. “It’s nothing too sexual yet. Things got wild because it was more her being the aggressor, which was sexy…When you have a very attractive girl telling you what she wants, it’s like a very, like, ‘Wow, OK! This is hot. This is very…I like it.'”
Production has now resumed on “Bachelor in Paradise” season four in Mexico. A source close to Jackson previously told ET that he will not be back on the show this season, and that he’s also seeing a therapist.
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