A man who has accused CNN host Don Lemon of sexual assault claims the media star will be protected due to his status as a Black, gay celebrity, the Washington Examiner reports.
Dustin Hice, Lemon’s accuser, brought a lawsuit against Lemon in 2019 following an alleged incident in a New York bar.
At the time, Hice claimed Lemon reached into his own pants and touched himself, and then shoved his hand into the face of Hice.
Hice’s disturbing claims
“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 Megyn Kelly.
“I wouldn’t be surprised,” Hice added.
He added: “He’s protected by the fact that he’s African American, a gay man on television and I’m just some nobody.”
CNN backs Lemon
CNN has stood by Lemon since the early days of the case. “The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts,” the CNN spokesperson told USA Today in a statement in 2019.
“This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon,” the statement added.
A New York Post report also noted some of the various concerns with the accuser’s story.
“A friend who was at the bar with Hice, apparently said in a deposition that he wasn’t sure Lemon actually had any physical contact with Hice,” the Post reported at the time.
“Text messages uncovered from a third witness during discovery showed Hice posing with a lemon in front of his crotch in front of Lemon’s home. A second photo in a recent court filing shows Hice and the key witness rolling on Lemon’s driveway,” the report added.
The witness accounts seem to suggest that the story is not as solid as Hice claims, or at the very least, that there’s much more to the situation. Only time will tell what happens in the courtroom, but accusers in such situations need to bring overwhelming evidence, it seems, to bring down a major celebrity.