CNN’s motto is apparently to believe every accuser — unless they accuse a network anchor of sexual assault.
Anchor Don Lemon has been accused of sexual assault, but things just took a turn for the worse given a witness has come forward.
Dustin Hice, a former bartender from the Hamptons, is suing Lemon for sexual assault and is seeking $1.5 million.
In his lawsuit, Hice asserts that the CNN host got “gross” and “assaulted him at a local watering hole” back in July 2018.
As noted by The Daily Wire, George Gounelas, who was Hice’s boss at the time, has come forward and confirmed that the alleged sexual assault did occur at the time.
“Dustin worked for me as a bartender [and] we went out after work one night. We were standing there and he said, ‘Hey, that’s Don Lemon,'” Gounelas said.
“Murf’s is a place you go to drink after you’ve been out drinking. We had just gotten off of work. So that’s why we ended up there, because we worked in the restaurant business. So by the time everything is done, we can only hit a late-night spot,” Gounelas added.
Gounelas claims that Hice approached Lemon and offered to purchase a drink for him.
Lemon declined the offer, but later went up to Hice and spoke with him on a personal level.
“Don Lemon has now come around the corner and is standing face to face with us,” Gounelas continued. “There is a beam, a pole, in the place. Don’s standing up against the pole, face to face with Dustin, I turn around and I’m standing right there between the two of them. He’s saying, ‘So you like me? Is that why you’re bothering me?'”
“Nah, man, I just wanted to say, ‘What’s up?'” Hice said, according to his boss.
Gounelas said Lemon appeared to be intoxicated and that the CNN had said something “along the lines of ‘Do you like me? Is that why you’re bothering me, because you wanna f*** me?'”
“He put his hands down his pants, inside his board shorts, grabbed his [genitals], and then came out with two fingers and, like, clipped Dustin’s nose up and down with two fingers asking ‘do you like p**** or d***?'” Gounelas said.
Gounelas’ account of what happened closely matches the claims made by Hice in his lawsuit.
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.
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.
This is also the same liberal outlet that was just smacked with a $50 million lawsuit for pushing fake news.