Don Lemon accuser calls CNN a ‘predator protecting machine,’ but glad there’s ‘some accountability’ with Cuomo

Don Lemon accuser blasts CNN as ‘predator protecting machine’, glad to see ‘some accountability’ over Cuomo

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Dustin Hice, who accused CNN anchor Don Lemon of sexual assault, called the leftist cable news network “a predator protecting machine” but indicated that he is happy that the network is showing “some accountability” with the firing of anchor Chris Cuomo.

More than two years ago, Hice filed a lawsuit against Lemon in which he accused him of sexual assault and battery that occurred at a bar during the summer of 2018. The case is expected to finally be heard in court early in 2022.

“This is who they are. They’re a predator protecting machine, they slander and smear victims with impunity,” Hice charged in an interview with Fox News.

“They’ve tried to grind me down, they’ve attempted to intimidate witnesses in my case, they’ve released confidential information about me in an attempt to doxx me. They are complicit. This is who they are,” he reiterated.

(Video Credit: Fox News)

Hice claims this is not about money. He is seeking some semblance of closure and peace after he was basically forced out of the community over the incident.

After asking if he could buy Lemon a drink at the bar, Hice alleges that Lemon confronted him and wound up putting his hand down his shorts, “vigorously” rubbing his genitalia, and then shoved his hand into Hice’s face while asking him a vulgar question.

CNN has staunchly stood by Lemon during the lawsuit just as they did with Chris Cuomo until there were just too many unethical things that came to light resulting in his termination Saturday. Between the New York Attorney General’s office revealing texts that showed the CNN anchor was deeply involved in protecting his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, to a newly surfaced sexual harassment allegation, Cuomo just became too big a liability for the network to withstand. But Lemon is still allegedly being protected.

Hice claims he has turned down multiple settlement offers from CNN. Lemon has denied all wrongdoing and has branded the suit as “frivolous.”

Lemon and Cuomo are close friends who frequently speak of their admiration for one another. Lemon was reportedly devastated that Cuomo was terminated.

“The blessing is that we’re actually friends. A lot of stuff in the media is phony. A lot of couples that you see on news shows, they are friendly for the purpose of the show, and that’s neither good nor bad. It is not the case with us,” Cuomo said about Lemon earlier in the year.

Cuomo and Lemon also co-hosted a podcast together before Cuomo got the boot at CNN.

Saturday evening, CNN announced that they had terminated Cuomo “effective immediately.” That occurred just days after the anchor was suspended.

“While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate,” CNN said in their statement.

CNN president Jeff Zucker sent a memo to employees stating, “Today I let Chris know that we are ending his employment at CNN. It goes without saying that these decisions are not easy, and there are a lot of complex factors involved. But, as always, it was important to me to be upfront with each of you.”

Cuomo hit back with his own statement over his firing.

“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end, but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” Cuomo wrote in a not-so-subtle jab at Zucker. “So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”

Hice previously told Fox News that the alleged “vile, disgusting, lewd and inhumane” attack by Lemon would have been treated differently if Hice were a woman.

The alleged incident occurred at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in the Hamptons in July of 2018.

Lemon’s attorney told Fox News that “Hice has no eyewitness to the conduct he falsely accuses Mr. Lemon of having engaged in” and “does not plan to call any expert witness to support his grandiose claims for emotional distress.”


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