CNN host Don Lemon has been accused of sexual assault by a Hamptons bartender in a new lawsuit filed.
Dustin Hice states in the suit filed in the Suffolk County Supreme Court, that he was bartending in July 2018 for The Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack when he and his coworkers decided to go out for drinks after work. They went to a tavern where he allegedly noticed Lemon at the bar and offered to buy him a drink, to which Lemon refused.
However, Hice alleges that later in the night, Lemon came back to him and his friend group and “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,” the suit says.
CNN has responded in a statement: “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… Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any further comment at this time.”