As CNN deals with the devastating fallout from firing their top primetime news anchor, Chris Cuomo, a scandal surrounding its second-highest ratings-getter, Don Lemon, has once again bubbled to the surface.
According to Breitbart, Lemon faces a sexual misconduct allegation by a man named Dustin Hice, who has insisted that Lemon made disgusting, grossly inappropriate advances at him one evening at a New York City bar.
The allegations are not new, as it’s widely known that Lemon has made several attempts to settle with Hice, but he has reportedly refused the cash payouts because to him, it’s not about money, it’s about accountability, and the perplexing stance CNN has taken in protecting Lemon from the scandal.
As Hice’s story goes, shortly after meeting Lemon at a bar, he claims the CNN anchor shoved his hands down his pants and rubbed his genitals, before pulling out his finger and shoving it in Hice’s face and asking him a question that’s too vile for print.
CNN and Lemon have all but ignored the allegations, which is astonishing in this day and age. Hice said he only decided to make the story public again based on the hope that after firing Cuomo, possibly for a sexual misconduct allegation, CNN might just have the integrity to follow through on an investigation into Lemon.
“They’re a network rife with predators and perverts,” Hice said during a recent Fox News interview. “Lemon will have to testify under oath in the near future, but it’s good to see that there’s finally some accountability happening.”
The alleged victim added: “This is who they are. They’re a predator-protecting machine, they slander and smear victims with impunity.”
Lemon’s attorney, however, has maintained that Hice’s claims are “baseless,” adding that the allegations are “fanciful and salacious.”
“Unlike Mr. Hice, Mr. Lemon has litigated, and will continue to litigate this case in the courtroom, not the press. We look forward to the approaching trial so he can finally put this case behind him,” Lemon’s attorney added.