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After scandal rocked ‘Bachelor’ nation, Raleigh woman says evidence proves she didn’t cheat

Jordan Kimball, left, and Jenna Cooper from an episode of “Bachelor in Paradise” airing Aug. 28, 2018.
Jordan Kimball, left, and Jenna Cooper from an episode of “Bachelor in Paradise” airing Aug. 28, 2018. ABC

Last month, the day after we reported on the happy on-air engagement of Raleigh’s Jenna Cooper to her “Bachelor in Paradise” boyfriend, Jordan Kimball, we had to report on the couple’s sad, scandal-induced breakup.

Now Jenna claims to have forensic evidence that proves that the allegations that led to the break-up — allegations that she cheated on Jordan — may have been bogus after all.

The breakup came after a blogger named Reality Steve posted a story in which an unnamed man claimed to have been having a relationship with Jenna the entire time she was courting Jordan on the ABC “Bachelor” spinoff reality show. This unnamed man produced — for Reality Steve — text messages which he said were from Jenna and which he said proved her deception.

Jenna, who owns a marketing company in Raleigh, denied it all and promised to prove her innocence — but Jordan didn’t stick around for that. He broke up with her immediately, even though he admitted he didn’t know if the allegations were true or not.

Through a representative, Jenna told E! Online that she has the forensic evidence to prove she wasn’t lying and wasn’t cheating on Jordan.

Jenna, who first appeared on Season 22 of “The Bachelor” (the Arie season), hired lawyers to investigate the matter, and this week, her representative Steve Honig released this statement to E!: “A comprehensive forensic examination of Jenna’s devices by an independent third-party expert has definitively confirmed none of the text messages in question came from Jenna’s phone. Given the conclusive findings of the forensic report, Jenna’s team is considering all options available to Jenna relating to the fraudulent texts.”

There’s a lot more detail in the E! article, including a response from Reality Steve, who says he stands by his original report.

We reached out to Jenna for comment.

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