mario jackson is being sued by two women for sexual assault, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress following his time on the Bachelor franchise.
According to a report from the Los Angeles TimesTwo Jane Does filed a complaint against Jackson, 35, in California Superior Court in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, September 20. In legal documents, both women claim they were forced to have non-consensual sex with the former reality star after dating him separately.
The first Jane Doe alleges that Jackson “exposed” himself to her after their first date. After she expressed that her behavior was unacceptable, the California native apologized and they continued to see each other. After another night of partying, the complaint details an alleged encounter in which Jackson “forcibly sexually assaulted” her.
“I couldn’t move, so all I could think of was to say, ‘No, no, stop!’ And he just ignored me. It was as if he didn’t even listen to me, ”recalled the first anonymous woman. “I kept thinking, ‘He keeps saying no. No one can ever take that away from you. If you’re going to die, you’ll know you fought the only way you could.
The woman subsequently reported the alleged encounter to the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center in February 2018. After seeking legal advice, the first Jane Doe contacted Keith Davidson and discovered that another woman contacted the attorney with her own allegations against Jackson.
The second Jane Doe met Jackson in March 2019 and they stayed in touch until their first date the following year. During her first meeting at her home, Jackson allegedly attempted to have sexual intercourse with the second unnamed plaintiff. In court documents, the second Jane Doe detailed her “state of shock” and claimed that Jackson later confessed that he “committed an unconsensual act” against her.
An attorney for the former ABC personality addressed the lawsuit in a statement.
“The accusations made against him are completely unfounded,” walter mosley saying us weekly about the claims. “As the plaintiffs’ own complaint clearly establishes, the police, with whom DeMario fully cooperated over 3 years ago, found these women’s allegations to be without merit and then refused to pursue the matter. In the coming days, we will publish the evidence we shared with the police at the time of the alleged incidents. Unfortunately, DeMario and I will have to pick up this fight to clear his name. As before, we will have [the] same name cleanup result.”
Jackson, who appeared on season 13 of High school and season 4 of single in paradisemade headlines when Warner Bros. halted production of the reality series for two weeks in 2017. At the time, a producer filed a sexual assault allegation involving single in paradise co-stars corinne olympios and Jackson.
Although filming resumed after the company found no evidence of misconduct, neither Olympios, 30, nor Jackson returned to the show. In September 2017, the Single alum spoke about his position with Jackson after the public controversy.
“It was very difficult at first, but you know, everything is developing towards where I want to be and I just wanted people to know the truth,” he shared with Us. “We’re friends. We’re actually really good friends. We, you know, were able to talk about everything we wanted to talk about and all of our unanswered questions and all of that.”
Jackson, for his part, echoed the model’s statements.
“We’re really good friends, and you know, we just enjoy each other’s company and we like to take things slow. I feel like in the last couple of months there’s been a lot of pressure for us to be something or this or that,” she said on an episode of the “Bigger Talks With Eric Bigger” podcast in February 2018. “But at the end of the day, you know, we’re her.” and me. We hang out. We had fun, and you know, that’s it. And a year from now, you never know, but for now, you know, we’re strictly friends… I told him, like after the Jay-Z concert, you know, I was a little drunk, and I basically said, you know , I was like, ‘Look, like I’m interested in you, you’re interested in me, but I don’t want to do anything halfway.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).