Don Lemon is being sued for what I’d call a grotesque sexual assault on a bartender in New York:
YAHOO NEWS – In the lawsuit, Hice said he encountered Lemon, 53, at the tavern when he went out for drinks with friends following his shift at The Old Stove Pub. Hice said he offered to buy the TV host a vodka drink called a “Lemon Drop” but Lemon declined.
Hice alleges that Lemon approached him later that night, where the assault took place.
“(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 (Hice’s) mustache and under (Hice’s) nose,” reads the lawsuit, obtained by Mediaite.
Hice claims Lemon proceeded to ask questions about his sexual preferences, saying, “Do you like (vagina) or (penis)?” The lawsuit added, “While saying this, Mr. Lemon continued to shove his fingers into (Hice’s) face with aggression and hostility.”
Ew. If this truly happened, how gross!
But Lemon is denying it categorically:
CNN’s Don Lemon is denying accusations from a former Hamptons bartender who accused the television host of assaulting him at a New York bar last year.
Dustin Hice sued Lemon Sunday for a “demeaning, unprovoked and offensive assault” that allegedly took place at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor in July 2018.
A CNN spokesperson told USA TODAY that, “Don categorically denies these claims.”
“The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts,” the statement said Tuesday. “This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon.”
It’s August. You’d think if this man were going to sue he’d have already done it.
But on the flip side you’d never expect Lemon to admit such an assault like this because it could mean the end of his career at CNN.
The man claims in the lawsuit that he suffered emotional stress:
As a result of the attack, Hice said he suffered “severe emotional stress and loss of future earnings and opportunities.” He’s suing Lemon for unspecified damages.
Hice added in the suit that the “CNN Tonight” host is not a “staunch advocate for the ‘Me Too'” that he saw on television.
“When the cameras are turned off … Mr. Lemon’s actions are in stark and disturbing contrast to the public persona he attempts to convey,” the lawsuit reads.
This is the part that sounds kinda hokey to me. Hice is saying he lost “future earnings and opportunities” – all because Lemon shoved a gross finger in his face?
Yeah, I don’t know if I’m buying what this guy is selling. I guess we’ll see what the courts say.