CNN host asks accuser why she didn’t BITE Cosby’s privates: ‘There are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to’

Could you get anymore inappropriate than this?

CNN host Don Lemon told Joan Tarshis, one of Bill Cosby’s rape accusers, that “there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.” 

The two had a jaw-dropping on-air conversation about why she didn’t use her teeth as a way to avoid oral sex.

The transcript of the bizarre conversation from Tuesday night’s interview is below.

Transcript via Media Matters For America:

LEMON: Can I ask you this, because — and please, I don’t mean to be crude, OK?


LEMON: Because I know some of you — and you said this last night, that he — you lied to him and said “I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do — if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife.”


LEMON: And you said he made you perform oral sex.


LEMON: You — you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.

TARSHIS: Oh. Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.

LEMON: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?

TARSHIS: Yes, that’s what I’m thinking you’re —

LEMON: As a weapon.

TARSHIS: Yeah, I didn’t even think of it.

LEMON: Biting. So, um —


LEMON: Yes. I had to ask. I mean, it is, yeah.

TARSHIS: Yes. No, it didn’t cross my mind.

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