A former Hamptons bartender is suing CNN anchor Don Lemon for sexual assault, according to multiple reports.
Florida resident Dustin Hice stated in a recently filed lawsuit that when he was working as a bartender in the Hamptons, Lemon fondled him in a bar in the Summer of 2018.
According to Fox News:
On July 15, after closing, Hice claimed he left with the owner and co-workers to party at another bar, Murf’s Backstreet Tavern, in Sag Harbor, where they saw Lemon. Recognizing the newsman, Hice offered to buy him a vodka drink called a “lemon drop,” according to the suit. Lemon declined the offer, Hice claimed, but later approached him inside the establishment.
“[Lemon] put his hand down the front of his own shorts, and vigorously rubbed his genitalia, removed his hand and shoved his index and middle fingers into Plaintiff’s mustache and under Plaintiff’s nose,” Hice’s lawsuit alleged.
Hice added that Lemon — often described as “the dumbest man on TV” — made a series of crude remarks about Hice’s sexual preferences leaving him “shocked and humiliated” in front of the other patrons in the bar.
Hice also said that his allegations against Lemon are not motivated out of any animosity toward CNN.
However, CNN disputes that.
“The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts,” a CNN spokesperson told the media.
Hice adamantly denied this allegation and says that he has never gone on anti-CNN rants on social media.
CNN added, “This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon.”
“Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any further comment at this time,” the network concluded.
Hice said that he is shocked by Lemon’s offscreen behavior and noted that he does not come off in person as the woke, #MeToo advocate he pretends to be on TV.
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