CNN anchor Don Lemon has apologized for what critics are calling insensitive remarks made while conducting an interview with Joan Tarshis. Tarshis has alleged that comedian Bill Cosby raped her on two separate occasions in 1969. Her accusation was one of the first, and ignited a firestorm of other women coming forward, alleging abuse against Cosby. Most recently, model Janice Dickinson has accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her as well. Rumors circulated that actress Raven Symone was also one of Cosby’s victims but she has steadfastly denied this.

As seen in the video below, Tarshis describes the abuse she suffered, including being orally raped. When she was finished, Lemon commented that there were ways to avoid being orally raped—by biting down.

It was an uncomfortable moment, and social media provided an immediate backlash.

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