CNN has suspended staunch Trump supporter and paid commentator Paris Dennard amid past sexual misconduct, reports the Washington Post. He has long been a controversial figure at the network.
Dennard was fired from Arizona State University four years ago for making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women, according to documents and a university official. He told a recent college graduate who worked for him that he wanted to have sex with her. He “pretended to unzip his pants in her presence, tried to get her to sit on his lap, and made masturbatory gestures,” according to a university report obtained by The Washington Post.
“I cannot comment on items I have never seen regarding allegations I still believe to be false,” Dennard told the Post. “This is sadly another politically motivated attempt to besmirch my character, and shame me into silence for my support of President Trump and the GOP.”
In regards to his suspension, a CNN spokesperson said, “We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard. We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations.”