Things just keep getting worse for CNN, a frequent critic of Trump and subject of his most vociferous attack on legacy media.
First, reports came out that its ratings have plummetted so severely that it’s having to rethink its entire strategy and will have to fire much of its on-air “talent.” Then, allegations of Andrew Cuomo’s misdeeds grew severe enough that it was forced to push him out. Now, Don Lemon’s accuser is telling the media that CNN is rife with predators and perverts.
According to Fox, Dustin Hice, who accused Don Lemon of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed two years ago, has said that the network is a prowling ground for sexual predators. Here’s what Fox reported:
The man who accused CNN host Don Lemon of a sexually charged assault said the liberal network is “a predator protecting machine” but he’s happy to see accountability with the dismissal of Chris Cuomo.
“They’re a network rife with predators and perverts,” Hice told Fox News Digital. “Lemon will have to testify under oath in the near future, but it’s good to see that there’s finally some accountability happening.”
[…]”This is who they are. They’re a predator-protecting machine, they slander and smear victims with impunity,” Hice added.
According to Hice, CNN has even gone so far in its support of Lemon to intimidate witnesses and “doxx” him by releasing confidential information, with him describing CNN as “complicit” in the misdeeds of its hosts.
The lawsuit, according to Fox, alleges that:
Lemon “intensely pushed his fingers against Plaintiff’s face under Plaintiff’s nose, forcing Plaintiff’s head thrust backward as Defendant repeatedly asked Plaintiff, ‘Do you like p—y or d–k?’”
The suit also said Lemon “continued to shove his fingers into Plaintiff’s face with aggression and hostility” throughout the confrontation.
CNN did not comment on Hice’s allegations against Lemon or the network, but Lemon’s attorney had this to say to Fox:
“In response to Mr. Hice’s baseless allegations, I encourage people to review the public filings, which show that Mr. Hice’s claims have been steadily eroding when they have been exposed to the civil litigation process. Mr. Hice’s fanciful and salacious allegations against Mr. Lemon have collapsed of their own weight. 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”
The suit remains to be litigated, but with Mr. Toobin employed by CNN despite masturbating on camera, Cuomo being forced out with sexual assault allegations following him, and other allegations, it’s not hard to believe Mr. Hice and his description of the network as rife with predators and perverts.