Chris Cuomo isn’t the one high-profile CNN host accused of inappropriate touching.
The legal professional for the person who accused fellow CNN host Don Lemon of a sexually charged assault expects the case to end up in court early subsequent 12 months after a prolonged legal process.
It’s been over two years since Dustin Hice filed an explosive lawsuit against Lemon – who’s overtly homosexual – accusing the “CNN Tonight” host of assault and battery at a bar on New York’s Long Island in the course of the summer season of 2018.
“[Lemon] 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 into Plaintiff’s mustache and under Plaintiff’s nose,” in accordance to the lawsuit, filed Aug. 11, 2019 in Suffolk County Court.
“Lemon intensely pushed his fingers against Plaintiff’s face under Plaintiff’s nose, forcing Plaintiff’s head thrust backward as Defendant repeatedly asked Plaintiff ‘Do you like p—y or d–k?’ While saying this, Mr. Lemon continued to shove his fingers into Plaintiff’s face with aggression and hostility,” the suit alleged.
In a solution to the criticism, Lemon denied all wrongdoing and referred to as the suit “frivolous.”
A prolonged discovery process and the coronavirus pandemic have saved the case out of court, however Hice’s legal crew instructed Fox News Digital the suit was ongoing and should wind up in court round January 2022.
Lemon’s CNN program has adopted Cuomo’s, and the 2 continuously interact in a nightly handoff throughout which they talk about present occasions with playful banter. Last week, veteran tv producer Shelley Ross accused Cuomo of sexually harassing her once they labored collectively at ABC News in 2005. The “Cuomo Prime Time” namesake issued an announcement in which he reiterated his apology for the incident 16 years in the past.
While Ross didn’t take legal motion and mentioned she merely wished Cuomo to be taught a lesson, Hice has been looking for “damages in an amount to be determined at trial, plus prejudgment interest, attorneys’ fees, expenses, costs, and disbursements.”
Last 12 months, Hice instructed Fox News the alleged “vile, disgusting, lewd and inhumane” assault by Lemon could be handled a lot in a different way if Hice had been a lady.
“I’m not doing this for notoriety or fame, I’m doing this because I’m standing up for myself and what I believe in,” Hice instructed Fox News. “I’ve grown a new respect for people dealing with mental health issues because stress, depression, anxiety, those are all very serious things. It consumed my life.”
The alleged incident occurred at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern, in the celebrated Sag Harbor city of the Hamptons space east of New York City in July 2018.
CNN and Lemon’s legal professional didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The allegations against Lemon and Cuomo are hardly CNN’s solely concern with its high-profile expertise being accused of inappropriate habits. CNN additionally allowed legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin to return to the community after he was caught masturbating on a Zoom name with coworkers from his different gig on the New Yorker. The journal fired Toobin however CNN welcomed him again after an prolonged go away of absence.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.