Attorney Keith M. Davidson and KMD Law have filed a civil lawsuit against DeMario Jackson on behalf of two women who claim they were sexually assaulted by the former “Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” contestant.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Davidson represents two women – identified as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 in the civil complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday – who allege that Jackson leveraged his status as a reality TV star to “lure the unsuspecting plaintiffs” into a sense of security and ultimately force them into nonconsensual sex.
The complaint claims that both women met Jackson after his appearance on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” a show which momentarily suspended production to investigate allegations of misconduct involving Jackson and a co-star.
- According to the complaint, Jane Doe 1 met Jackson on the dating app Bumble while she was a senior at USC. It details some of their encounters, including a first date in which Jackson allegedly exposed himself in his vehicle and an incident from February 2018 during which Jackson is alleged to have forcefully sexually assaulted the woman after pinning her down. After the attack, Doe 1 went to the UCLA Rape Treatment Center, where a sexual assault examination and STD testing were performed, and a report was submitted to the LAPD.
- The second woman, Jane Doe 2, met Jackson in March 2019. The two messaged online for a year before Jackson asked her on a date in July 2020. According to the complaint, Jackson claimed that he could not go out in public because he was too recognizable and “convinced Jane Doe 2 that his private home was the only viable option for their date.” After drinking together at Jackson’s home, the complaint claims that Jackson “was incessant about wanting to have sex” despite Doe 2 telling him that she could not because she was menstruating, and that he forcibly held her down and assaulted her. Like Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2 went to the UCLA Rape Treatment Center the following day, where providers had to manually remove her tampon and her diagnosis was recorded as an “assault by other bodily force.”
With the support of KMD Law, both women are now courageously stepping forward to seek justice through the civil legal system, as criminal investigations into Jackson have failed to result in charges or any meaningful sense of accountability. As Attorney Keith Davidson notes:
“These women who have come forward with 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 male used his celebrity status to manipulate, intimidate and silence them. They, like so many other victims in the #metoo reckoning, will be silent no more. Justice must be served. We look forward to holding all wrongdoers accountable for their despicable and scarring acts.”