CNN anchor Don Lemon will be going to trial with the man, Dustin Hice, who alleges that Lemon assaulted him in a bar in Long Island, New York.
Despite Lemon’s pleas to have a bench trial, where the judge decides the final ruling, a New York federal judge ordered a jury trial instead.
Hice filed the lawsuit in 2019 after the alleged assault took place in 2018.
Hice claims that the assault happened at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor. Hice was working as a local bartender at The Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack, and he allegedly offered to buy Lemon a cocktail. Hice claims that Lemon rejected the offer, and Lemon said he was “just trying to have a good time.”
Later in the night after the rejection, Hice claims that Lemon walked up to Hice in the bar, “put his hand down the front of his own shorts, and vigorously rubbed his genitalia, removed his hand, and shoved his index and middle into [Hice’s] mustache.”
Hice alleges that during the assault Lemon asked, “Do you like p—y or d–k?” while shoving his fingers in Hice’s face with “aggression and hostility.” The encounter allegedly left Hice “shocked and humiliated,” so he quickly left the bar.
Don Lemon has denied all Hice’s allegations, calling them “frivolous,” and accused Hice of extortion.
Hice, however, claimed in an appearance on The Megyn Kelly Show last November that, “Money is not what I’m after here. I just want to not live the rest of my life in regret, and to have a clear conscience, and to have closure from this situation.”
Hice also claimed on the show that Lemon has “made three separate attempts almost at a half a million dollars to try and get me to be quiet, but my silence can’t be bought.”
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The judge’s decision in this lawsuit comes as more calls surface among CNN employees to fire Don Lemon over biased reporting.
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