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Report: CNN’s Don Lemon Facing Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Fox News reports the allegations stem from an encounter in July of 2018 at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor, New York.

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Another CNN star is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. This time it’s Don Lemon and the case is reportedly headed to court following various challenges and delays.

Fox News reports the allegations stem from an encounter in July of 2018 at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor, New York.

A man named Dustin Hice alleges that Lemon “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 mustache and under the plaintiff’s nose.”

Hice reportedly worked at a nearby restaurant and had just gotten off work. A former co-worker, George Gounelas claims to have witnessed the incident.

“We had just gotten off work,” said Gounelas. “So that’s why we ended up there because we worked in the restaurant business. So, by the time everything is done, we can only hit a late-night spot.”
During the encounter Lemon reportedly asked Hice if he liked, “pussy or dick?”

Last week, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was accused of sexually harassing one of his former producers at a farewell party in 2005.

Lemon had denied any wrongdoing.

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Donald Trump: Chris Cuomo Suspension Is Great News for TV Viewers

Many are commenting on Chris Cuomo’s suspension, including the former president. 

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The news regarding CNN’s decision to suspend their anchor Chris Cuomo following the release of transcripts by New York Attorney General Letitia James detailed the extent of his aid to his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was the top story around the media Wednesday. 

Cuomo dealt with sexual harassment accusations made against him, resulting in the CNN anchor assisting his brother with the fallout. Many are commenting on the matter, including former President Donald Trump. 

Trump stated that the indefinite suspension from CNN is “great news for television viewers.” 

“The big question is, was it because of his horrendous ratings, which in all fairness have permeated CNN and MSDNC, or was it because his brother is no longer Governor?” Trump wrote in a statement. “Probably both.”

CNN provided their statement on issuing the suspension to Cuomo following the release of the transcripts. 

“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions. When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules, and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second,” the network said.

“However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”

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CNN Suspends Anchor Chris Cuomo Indefinitely

Anderson Cooper will anchor the 9 p.m. slot on Tuesday, the CNN spokesperson said.

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Embattled CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been suspended indefinitely Tuesday in the wake of documents released by The New York Attorney General’s office that point to his attempts to help his brother Andrew Cuomo cover-up allegations of sexual misconduct.

The evidence includes text messages between Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, a then-top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  The messages revealed that Cuomo was willing to use his sources to smear the reputations of the former governor’s accusers.

“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly,” the network said in a statement. “But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second.”

Anderson Cooper will anchor the 9 p.m. slot on Tuesday, the CNN spokesperson said.

In August Cuomo publicly denied serving as an advisor to his brother. The network reportedly warned Cuomo to stop communicating with his brother’s aides.

According to Ballotpedia, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) resigned on August 24. He first announced his resignation on August 10, saying, “Given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let the government get back to governing.

“I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward. I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation,” Cuomo said in August.

“The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense,” a CNN spokesperson said Tuesday evening. “The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions.”

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Records Show Chris Cuomo Had Greater Role in Helping Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo asked Melissa DeRosa, the top aide to his brother, to assist the team in developing the former governor’s response to accusations of improper conduct made against him late last year.  

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CNN host Chris Cuomo continues to find himself when it comes to his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who resigned from the position following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. 

Records released Monday by the New York Attorney General’s office revealed that the CNN anchor was more involved in his brother’s situation. 

The communication via emails and text where Cuomo asked Melissa DeRosa, the top aide to his brother, to assist the team in developing the former governor’s response to accusations of improper conduct made against him late last year.  

“Please let me help with the prep,” Cuomo wrote to DeRosa in a text message on March 3. Then on March 7, DeRosa sent Cuomo a text stating, “Rumor going around from politico 1-2 more ppl coming out tomorrow.”

Cuomo didn’t discuss these documents released by New York’s attorney general showing how involved he was in advising his brother. However, a CNN spokesperson did provide comment on the matter as Deadline relayed the remarks. 

“The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration,” a spokesperson said. 

“We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”

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