CNN Defends Anchor Don Lemon After He’s Sued For Sexual Harassment

Published: Sunday 18th Aug 2019 by Rashad

Award-winning CNN news anchor Don Lemon has spent over two decades reporting on controversial headlines and now, thanks to a sexual harassment lawsuit, he has become one.

As has been widely reported, Dustin Hice – a bartender from the Hamptons – alleges he approached the television personality to buy him a drink.  After Lemon, who is engaged to longtime partner Tim Malone, declined the advance he (according to Hice) later approached the bartender in a shocking exchange.  An exchange, Hice asserts, that saw the 53-year-old “put his hand down the front of his own shorts, vigorously rubbed his genitalia, remove his hand and shoved his index and middle fingers in the Plaintiff’s moustache and under Plaintiff’s nose.”

Yikes!  With the story making its rounds, CNN’s clapping back on behalf of their anchor.  More inside:

 

 George Gounelas, Hice’s former boss, claims to have seen the encounter and corroborated the following statement:

“’Do you like pussy or dick?’,” Hice claims Lemon asked as he rubbed his fingers on his face. “And he kept saying, ‘P or D? P or D?’ He said it three or four times. I’m like, ‘Whoa man, what the hell?’”

The testimony above made its way to the desk of CNN, who responded with:

“The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts,” a CNN spokesperson told Mediaite. “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.”

Hice’s attorney, Andrew Miltenberg, hit back on behalf of his client:

“The assertion that Mr. Hice would put himself through the painful process of filing a sexual assault lawsuit against his attacker all because he doesn’t like a cable TV station is ludicrous. Rather, he took down his social media accounts on the day he filed the lawsuit against Don Lemon because he’s a private citizen and wants to protect himself from CNN’s heavy-handed tactics.

It’s shameful that the CNN attack machine is resorting to victim-blaming in order to detract from Mr. Lemon’s gross sexual misconduct.”

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While the damages sought from the 2018 encounter are unspecified at the time of this report, word has it Hice moved forward with the suit after demanding $1.5M from Lemon – a request that was denied.

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  1. Jasmine August 18, 2019

    Karma is a b.itch. That is why I always say “Let he without sin cast the first stone.” Don has cast too many stones and used his platform as a news anchor to cast negative personal opinions against other people for unproven sexxual abuse allegations. Now the shoes are turned on him.

    • Geri-Atric August 18, 2019

      I agree

      And that’s what he gets for fooling with white folks like that

      They turn their backs on you every time

      • Ron August 20, 2019

        I agree too

        Don’s black ass shouldn’t have started this whole thing.

        Lock him up with the rest!!

  2. SMH August 18, 2019

    Lmao, sorry I’m not buying that bullsh*t story for one second.

    • Paulo August 18, 2019

      No one is except the hotep h*** commenting above… they couldn’t even bother denying he made a move on a committed guy first.

      • The Accused 2019 August 19, 2019

        No. There are many facts in numerous other articles that GJ left out. He asked if he could buy Don a drink as a friendly fan-like (maybe even flirty) action and Don said no thanks. He said “hey, that’s Don Lemon” before even approaching Don. He knew he is was a celebrity and was married. He left him alone after that witnesses say. Then later on, Don got creepy in public view. Nobody wants to smell your nasty fingers after you actually grope yourself (hello…STD’s, not freshly washed, stank, etc..yuck). Even if the guy flirted with him this was still sexual aggression on Don’s part. That’s like saying a woman “asked for it”….there is no double standard in 2019. Dustin Hice did not ask for THAT. This guy has so many witnesses that saw it and he was playfully teased months after this incident from bartenders giving him “lemon” drinks. He will win or get a settlement out of court because of numerous eye witnesses. This did not happen behind closed doors. Don might have been drunk and out of his right mind but this is still humiliation and harassment. Pay up quickly and move on Don because it could have been far worse for you had you taken it any steps further.

  3. I love big black cox August 18, 2019

    Well, that’s R.Kelly impact ….

  4. Willie loman August 18, 2019

    Mr Lemon should be suspended until the issue is resolved. I understand that the left has tw sets of standards and never goes after their own. Imagine if this were tucker carlson! The left would be going crazy.

    • Richard Tagliagambe August 20, 2019

      Why would they suspend him? CNN’s dumb ass is supporting him. What happened to the “I believe ” organization now??? Where are they?? Ohhhh only Dems get that…. what a joke

  5. Edward Norton August 18, 2019

    Don Lemon is a hot pile of putrid excrement constantly attacking people on their moral failings most of which happened in their distant past he did it to the right and even went after Al Franken. He backed Jussie Smollet’s false claim against Trump supporters as well as attacked Covington boys who were falsely accused, he is a racist toward whites yet is married to a white guy,ultimate hypocrite who deserves this attack as he has shown no restraint in attacking others for less.

  6. Chiquita August 18, 2019

    I hope Don comes through this maze without being hharmed.

    • Mark kislowski August 19, 2019

      That story is so gross and lewd ,it couldn’t possibly be made up. But I fully believe in due process, and let the full truth come out. Even a cretin like Don Lemon has his constitutional rights as an American citizen.rights

  7. Chiquita August 18, 2019

    I hope Don comes through this maze without being harmed.

  8. urbansophistic August 18, 2019

    I was in a gay club in New York in September 2013. In walked Don Lemon with his partner. Don walked up to the bar and proceeded to grope several white guys, going as far as sticking his hands down a guy’s pants who’s back was to him. I have suspected for years that Don would be revealed as a hypocrite one day.

  9. James Berton August 18, 2019

    We must believe the men!

  10. Jeremiah Joseph Larkin August 18, 2019

    I don’t BELIEVE this Hice at all. I’m great Social Media Friends with Mr.Lemon and Mr.Malone. I know folks are desperate in these trying times, and will do what they can get away with, for a FAST DOLLAR!! And even Incriminate a fine man, above board like Don Lemon! SHAME ON HIM!! Mr.Lemon, you have my total support! Sincerely Yours, Jeremiah Joseph Larkin.

  11. Mara August 18, 2019

    I dont believe this guys story he’s just doing it for the money he sounds like a con artist

  12. Win999 August 18, 2019

    I’m holding my judgement for now, but something seems a little fishy. Hice turned off all his social media accounts the day he filed the suit. Was that for privacy or was it because he really has been targeting CNN, as they claim, and he wanted to hide the evidence? Hope the story isn’t true, but we’ll know soon enough.

    • Barbara A Davis August 19, 2019

      A con artist from the word go! Sound like a Trump administration smear campaign against a strong adversary.

  13. Deborah August 18, 2019

    What go around,come around.!!!!

  14. Deborah August 19, 2019

    Just because you is gay, Don Lemon don’t mean you should treat people like some people use to treat gay people back in the old days. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Think about it.

  15. Neil August 19, 2019

    I do not believe this Hice character. It is just a trap. He wants $$$.

  16. Patrick Moss August 19, 2019

    I totally believe the plaintiff,Don Lemon has been exposed for the pervert he is off camera…He and Cuomo are just as bad as the truly guilty people they report on daily.Shameful,and disgusting…but in America,innocent until proven guilty

  17. Doris Connell August 19, 2019

    Bartender is looking for some free cash. If this happened with another customer who had no money would he have sued probably not. Hope there are witnesses. Americans seem to sue all time.

  18. Mark kislowski August 19, 2019

    That story is so gross and lewd ,it couldn’t possibly be made up. But I fully believe in due process, and let the full truth come out. Even a cretin like Don Lemon has his constitutional rights as an American citizen.rights

    • Kissie August 19, 2019

      Are you living in this world? people makeup all kind of salacious stories and they are full of untruths about s***…Whether you like Don are not he’s not a liar, deceitful man.

  19. Jimmy Moore August 19, 2019

    No I do not believe that don lemon would do anything like what’s being told and no I was not there to see it either but my very first mind tells me that it’s a made up lie number one being Mr lemon for who he is he has way too much respect for himself and other people drunk or no drunk.

  20. Tracey August 19, 2019

    Did the cocktail lounge have a camera?

  21. Betty Mcgee August 19, 2019

    I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS MANS STORY AT ALL SOUNDS MADE UP HE JUST WANTS MONEY PROB MAD BECAUSE DON SAID NO THANKS TO HIM..I JUST CANT PICTURE DON LEMON ACTING IN THIS MANNER ,SORRY .

  22. Kissie August 19, 2019

    When this all said and done..I hope Don Lemon put this disgusting piece of s*** in prison…The guy is a bonafide liar and needs to be taken out of society. How many other men will be subjected to this type of blatant attack.

  23. Richard Tagliagambe August 20, 2019

    I vehemently disliked don Lemon’ s racist ass before this… even more so now… people should really pressure CNN do what happened to matt Lauer or did that only happen because he was white? There were/are Social injustices based on race still going on currently but the answer is not to invert what’s going on, it’s to level out what’s going on. That’s why reaching busy the same mistakes with Justice. Because everything is extreme. Nothing is balanced. Don Lemon will mostly get off without penalty because of his race. Rather than be dealt with regardless of it.

    • Richard Tagliagambe August 20, 2019

      And it’s amazing because the guy has eye witnesses If the roles were reversed and don Lennon had eye witnesses it would be openi and shut. Reversal of fortune, victim blaming is CRAZY… and these nut jobs commenting here that don lemon is innocent and they can’t see him doing something like this is insane. You don’t know him you never met him and you have no idea what he is like so stop pretending like you do. Let the court handle it and we’ll see how fair it really is…

  24. MoneyGrab August 20, 2019

    Hice’s story is very strange, and sounds like a money grab con. If Don Lemon is this kind of weird, we’d have heard about it before, like we’ve all heard about dRumpf for decades.

  25. Cindyrme August 20, 2019

    If innocent why doesn’t Don Lemon have his own witnesses.. where was/is the people he was drinking with, if this accusation is true, shame on you Don, if it isn’t shame on Hice.
    And why has it taken so long for Hice to come forward..
    eventually it will all come out…

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