CNN primetime anchor Don Lemon has been sued by a Hamptons bartender over an alleged assault last summer. The suit was filed on Sunday and the bartender is seeking unspecified damages for “emotional pain and suffering,” reports Mediaite.
Dustin Hice said he approached Lemon at the bar one night after recognizing him. He “tried to get Mr. Lemon’s attention and offered to buy Mr. Lemon a drink,” the suit contends. But Lemon declined, stating he was “just trying to have a good time.”
“Mr. Lemon, who was wearing a pair of shorts, sandals, and a t-shirt, 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 moustache and under Plaintiff’s nose,” the suit says.
Hice said Lemon repeatedly shoved his fingers in his face and asked, “Do you like pussy or dick?” Hice claims he left the bar “shocked and humiliated.”
“The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts,” a CNN spokesperson told Mediaite in a statement. “This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon. Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any further comment at this time.”
Hice demanded $1.5 million from Lemon in exchange for him not filing the lawsuit. Lemon apparently passed, arguing he did nothing wrong.