A lawsuit alleging that CNN’s Don Lemon committed sexual assault at a Hamptons bar in 2018 could soon head to court several years after it was initially filed.
This comes as Lemon’s fellow CNN host, Chris Cuomo, has been accused of sexual harassment as well as playing a significant role in helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, craft a response to numerous sexual harassment allegations issued against him over which the statesman would go on to resign from his position as governor.
In the suit, Lemon, who is openly homosexual, is accused of aggressively touching a man’s face while using aggressive, vulgar language after touching himself.
Accuser Dustin Hice says that, according to the suit, originally filed in August of 2019, the news anchor “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.”
“Lemon intensely pushed his fingers against Plaintiff’s face under Plaintiff’s nose, forcing Plaintiff’s head thrust backward as Defendant repeatedly asked Plaintiff ‘Do you like p—y or d–k?’ While saying this, Mr. Lemon continued to shove his fingers into Plaintiff’s face with aggression and hostility,” the suit stated.
Although the suit has been delayed by a substantial discovery process as well as pandemic-related setbacks, Hice’s legal team recently told Fox News that it should be expected to reach court by spring of 2022.
Hice says he hopes to draw attention to the fact that the suffering associated with sexual harassment and abuse, and told Fox last year he believes his case would have been treated very differently had he been a woman.
“I’m not doing this for notoriety or fame, I’m doing this because I’m standing up for myself and what I believe in,” he said at the time. “I’ve grown a new respect for people dealing with mental health issues because stress, depression, anxiety, those are all very serious things. It consumed my life.”
Lemon, for his part, has denied the accusations and dismissed the lawsuit as “frivolous.”
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