CNN’s motto is apparently to believe every accuser — unless they accuse a network anchor of sexual assault.
Immediately after anchor Don Lemon was accused of sexual assault over the weekend, CNN released a statement attacking the accuser.
“The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts. This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon,” the statement reads.
It added: “Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any further comment at this time.”
The allegations against Lemon appear to be pretty serious.
As reported by The New York Post, Dustin Hice, a former bartender from the Hamptons, is suing Lemon for sexual assault.
In his lawsuit, Hice asserts that the CNN host got “gross” and “assaulted him at a local watering hole” back in July 2018.
While getting drinks with his coworkers at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor at the time, Hice “noticed a familiar face and realized that Mr. Lemon was also at the bar, seemingly enjoying a drink with his friends,” the lawsuit says.
“Being cordial, Plaintiff tried to get Mr. Lemon’s attention and offered to buy Mr. Lemon a drink, a ‘Lemon Drop,’ a vodka cocktail,” the lawsuit said.
“Mr. Lemon denied Plaintiff’s offer and responded that he was ‘just trying to have a good time,’” the lawsuit added.
“Mr. Lemon, who was wearing a pair of shorts, sandals, and a t-shirt, 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 in Plaintiff’s mustache and under Plaintiff’s nose,” it continued.
“Do you like p—y or d–k?” Hice alleges Lemon said to him before shoving his fingers in the man’s face “with aggression and hostility.”
The suit said Lemon is “an Emmy Award winning news anchor … who among other things, purports to be a staunch advocate for the ‘Me Too’ movement.”
“When the cameras are turned off … Mr. Lemon’s actions are in stark and disturbing contrast to the public persona he attempts to portray,” it said.
Hice’s lawyer said that his client has suffered “severe emotional stress and loss of future earnings and opportunities.”
Remember how CNN treated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last year during his confirmation hearing?
CNN played a huge role in smearing Kavanaugh and advancing the baseless sexual assault allegations made against him because he was nominated by President Donald Trump.
The left-leaning network didn’t even hesitate to push allegations from 40 years ago that Kavanaugh was allegedly sexually assaulting numerous women in the early 1980s at high school parties.
CNN had no problem “believing all accusers” when it involved ruining Kavanaugh’s life; yet, now they aren’t taking any action at all after Lemon was accused.
Quite amazing to see the network that claims to be a champion of the #MeToo movement is now going above and beyond to shield one of their own when they have been accused.