A Hamptons bartender is suing Don Lemon, accusing the CNN anchorman of sexual assault in July 2018.
According to the lawsuit, which was first reported by Mediaite, Mr. Lemon made a crude pass at bartender Dustin Hice at Murf’s, a dive bar at Sag Harbor, and made a vulgar query about Mr. Hice’s sexual orientation.
“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 moustache and under Plaintiff’s nose,” the suit claims.
According to the bartender’s lawsuit, Mr. Lemon, while repeatedly rubbing his fingers in Mr. Hice’s face, asked him “do you like p— or d—?”
Mr. Hice, who was working at another Hamptons bar at the time of the purported incident, said he had recognized Mr. Lemon earlier in the evening and offered to buy him a drink, but the CNN anchorman declined, saying he was “just trying to have a good time.”
Mr. Hice’s case seeks unspecified damages for “emotional pain and suffering” and loss of earnings. It says the purported attack became known around the area “and led to locals humiliating him at the bar he worked at,” Mediate reported.
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CNN dismissed the lawsuit as frivolous, in part because Mr. Hice had criticized the network on social media.
“The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement to Mediaite.
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SOURCE: The Washington Times – Victor Morton