‘Bachelorette’ alum DeMario Jackson sued by 2 women for alleged sexual assault – National

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Ancient Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise cast member DeMario Jackson was charged with sexual assault.

The reality TV star is being sued for sexual assault, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress in a lawsuit brought by two anonymous women who claim they met Jackson, 35, online.

The women, known only as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, are looking for a undetermined amount of damages.

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Jackson’s attorney, Walter Mosley, provided a statement at entertainment tonight following the formal court filing on Tuesday.

“The allegations against him are completely unfounded,” Mosley wrote. “As plaintiffs’ own complaint makes clear, police, with whom DeMario fully cooperated more than three years ago, have concluded that these women’s charges are without merit.”

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Police declined to pursue the case, Mosley said.

“In the coming days, we will release the evidence we shared with police at the time of the alleged incidents,” he said. “Unfortunately, DeMario and I will have to re-start this fight to clear his name.”

Mosley wrote that he expects to have the same “name-clearing result.”

Jackson appeared on ABC Season 17 the bachelorette and season 4 of Single in Paradise, both in 2017.

In the lawsuit, the two women accused Jackson of “trolling the internet or attempting to locate unsuspecting women, such as the plaintiffs, in order to abuse them.”

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Jane Doe 1, a 25-year-old woman from Pittsburgh, claimed to have met Jackson on a dating app.

She and Jackson went on a date in downtown Los Angeles. She alleged that Jackson “exposed” himself to her at the end of the night. Jane Doe 1 described the behavior as “unacceptable”.

“Jane Doe 1 was shocked and felt trapped,” the lawsuit states.

After Jackson apologized, Jane Doe 1 claimed they went on several more dates.

After such a date, the woman claimed that Jackson “forcibly sexually assaulted her” while intoxicated, despite his repeated verbal denial. Jane Doe 1 completed a rape kit at a local hospital the next day. In the lawsuit, she said she was “haunted by visions” of the sexual assault. She also claimed to have taken time off from college and her workplace.

A 28-year-old Cleveland resident, Jane Doe 2, claimed she met Jackson on social media in 2019. The following year, Jackson asked Jane Doe 2 out on a date at his house, according to the lawsuit.

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The lawsuit claims that Jackson “convinced Jane Doe 2 that his private home was the only viable option for their date” because of his Bachelorette celebrity. The legal complaint continues, alleging that Jackson “forced himself on the plaintiff despite her pleas to stop.” Jane Doe 2 claimed he later apologized.

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The accuser “remains traumatized and utterly distraught,” the lawsuit says. The attorney representing the two women, Keith M. Davidson, also issued a statement:

“These women who told their horror stories of how they were brutally sexually assaulted by Mr. Jackson are the latest brave victims to share their stories of how a powerful man used his celebrity status to manipulate them. , intimidate them and silence them,” he said. wrote.

“They, like so many other victims in the #metoo reckoning, will no longer be silent. Justice must be served,” the statement read. “We look forward to holding all wrongdoers accountable for their despicable and heartbreaking acts.”

In 2017, Jackson was accused of sexual misconduct on the set of Bachelor in paradise. Cast member Corinne Olympias made the report, although no evidence of misconduct was found during a Warner Bros. investigation. Both Jackson and Olympios were dropped from the show.

If you or someone you know is being abused or involved in an abusive situation, please visit the Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime to help. They can also be reached toll free at 1-877-232-2610.

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