Don Lemon, the Trump-identified “dumbest man on television,” could be headed for a #MeToo moment of his own, if a lawsuit against him goes to court. This week, a man named Dustin Hice filed suit against the CNN anchor, claiming that Lemon assaulted him at a Sag Harbor dive bar last summer. The suit, which was reported by Mediaite, seeks unspecified damages to cover the plaintiff’s “emotional pain and suffering.”
Dustin Hice claims that Lemon attacked him at Sag Harbor dive bar Murf’s in July 2018. Hice, who was working as a bartender at another Hamptons watering hole at the time, said he approached Lemon at the bar one night after recognizing him. Hice “tried to get Mr. Lemon’s attention and offered to buy Mr. Lemon a drink,” the suit claims. The CNN host declined, stating he was “just trying to have a good time.”
Later in the night, the suit says, Lemon approached Hice.
“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 says.
Hice said Lemon repeatedly shoved his fingers in his face and asked, “Do you like pussy or dick?” Hice claims he left the bar “shocked and humiliated.”
That is…distasteful, to say the least.
CNN is standing by their man, claiming that the plaintiff has an agenda against the network.
“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. “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.”
CNN’s claim, though, hardly holds up to scrutiny. The only thing on Hice’s social media about CNN is a post from 2017 when he went to tour the CNN Center in Atlanta. He wrote that he was “touring the #CNN center today…or as #Trump would say, ‘the home of Fake News’ lol.”
That’s not exactly the kind of inflammatory post you might expect from CNN’s “pattern of contempt” statement, nor does it lend any credibility to the idea that Hice is lying about what happened with Lemon.
Speaking of Twitter, we particularly enjoyed this tweet about the lawsuit from Tim Young: “I sure hope the allegations of sexual assault against Don Lemon don’t get handled the same way that Don Lemon handled the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.”
Ah, karma, you sweet, sweet mistress…