A man named Dustin Hice has filed a sexual assault lawsuit claiming that Don Lemon molested and humiliated him in July 2018 while Hice worked as a bartender at a Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York dive bar named Murf’s. But while the the details of the alleged molestation are scandalous, Lemon’s employer CNN seems to think they’re also fake AF.
Hice says that while working at the bar, he “tried to get Mr. Lemon’s attention and offered to buy Mr. Lemon a drink,” but Lemon declined stating he was “just trying to have a good time.” Later on, Lemon allegedly “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.”
Lemon then allegedly put his fingers under Hice’s nose and asked him, “Do you like pussy or dick?” Bleh.
Hice is now suing Lemon for unspecified damages following their alleged encounter stating that the story spread among his co-workers and other locals, subjecting Hice to further humiliation.
CNN doesn’t seem to be taking Hice’s claims seriously though. In a statement, a CNN spokesperson said:
“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.”
The news organization pointed to previous tweets from Hice’s now deleted Twitter account in which Hice referred to CNN as #FakeNews. CNN also says that Hice tried to extort Lemon for $1.5 million in exchange for not filing the lawsuit.