DON Lemon is an award-winning CNN journalist who was accused of sexually assaulting a man a number of years ago.
Lemon, who is openly gay and married, was accused by Dustin Hice in a lawsuit filed in 2019.
Who is Dustin Hice?
Hice, according to Meaww, is an ex-bartender from the Hamptons, New York.
Hice claimed that Don Lemon allegedly sexually assaulted him at at Sag Harbor dive bar Murf’s in July 2018.
He went on to sue Lemon for damages for emotional pain and loss of earning reported Towel Road.
The alleged attack, the suit claims, left Hice with “feelings of shame, humiliation, anxiety, anger, and guilt,” and affected his work in the Hamptons.
“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 continued.
In a now-deleted Instagram post uploaded by Hice in January 2017, a picture showed Hice in front of CNN headquarters with the caption, “touring the #CNN center today…or as #Trump would say ‘the home of Fake News’ lol,” reportedMediaite.
At the time, CNN told Mediaite that Hice “has previously displayed a pattern of contempt” for the network on his social media accounts, adding:
“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.”
Lemon's attorneys categorically deny all allegations against Lemon, and accused Hice of withholding texts, deleting social media posts and hiding a witness who has contradicted his claims.
Lemon's attorneys further claimed that Lemon “is often subjected to racist and homophobic harassment.”
Wat did he say about Don Lemon?
Appearing on the Megyn Kelly Show on November 8, Hice made several further allegations against Lemon.
He first made allegations against the anchor three years ago, but appeared again on the show to reiterate a possible "pattern of behavior" by the host.
“Anybody that acts like that in public without any fear of what it might do to somebody or the consequences it might have, that’s a pattern,” Hice told host Megyn Kelly after she asked whether it was something he may have done before.
“I wouldn’t be surprised,” Hice added. “He’s protected by the fact that he’s African American, gay man on television and I’m just some nobody.”
How much is Don Lemon's net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Lemon's net worth stands at about $12million.
The seasoned American journalist and TV news anchor is one of the highly-paid individuals on television.
He continues to rake in upwards of $4 million every year as part of his CNN salary according to Cheat Sheet.
How long has Don Lemon been on CNN?
Lemon joined CNN in September 2006 and has been an outspoken member of staff for a number of years.
Lemon formerly anchored CNN Tonight with Don Lemon during weekday prime-time, and still serves as a correspondent across CNN/U.S. programming.
He has often questioned and criticized the network publicly,
Since 2014, he has also co-hosted CNN's New Year's Eve special from New Orleans with Brooke Baldwin.
He has won multiple awards for his journalistic coverage. In 2002, Lemon won the Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the capture of the D.C. area sniper, and other awards for reports on Hurricane Katrina.
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