Don Lemon’s sexual assault accuser says Lemon offered six-figure settlement, expects witnesses to be deposed soon

gettyimages-931520608-h_2018Dustin Hice, who accused CNN Tonight anchor Don Lemon of sexual assault in August 2019 said the lawsuit is still going forward, despite covid-19 related delays, according to Fox News’ report. At the time, it was alleged that Hice “tried to get Mr. Lemon’s attention and offered to buy Mr. Lemon a drink,” but Lemon declined, stating he was “just trying to have a good time.”

According to Hice, “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.”

Thereafter, Lemon retained Carolini Polisi as counsel; Polisi regularly appeared on CNN’s air prior to him retaining her services. In response to Fox’s report, she declined to comment.

“It’s definitely been affected by coronavirus, we would have probably already have had discovery a couple of months ago but everything was closed because of the virus in New York,” Dustin Hice told Fox News. “It was the most degrading, humiliating thing I’ve ever been through and it’s been dragged out. I hate it.”

Written discovery demands are due by July 20, all discovery must be complete by Dec. 15 and dispositive motions are set for Feb. 2021. Roughly “ten fact witnesses” are expected to be called, according to Fox.

Lemon offered a six-figure settlement before talks broke down and the formal complaint was filed, according to Hice, which he did not accept.

CNN didn’t respond to Fox’s report, though at the time of August 2019, Lemon “categorically denied” Hice’s allegations.

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