CNN anchor Don Lemon is being sued for assault for an incident that occurred in July 2018.

Lemon is being accused of shoving his finger in the face of Dustin Hice at a bar in Long Island. A CNN spokesperson said, “The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN his social media accounts. This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon. Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any comment at this time.”

Hice is asking for $1.5 million in exchange for ending this lawsuit.

Hice was a bartender at The Old Stove Pub, and he claims on July 15, 2018, Hice and his friends went to the bar Murf’s, which is where he met Lemon. The case also states that during the night, “being cordial, Plaintiff tried to get Mr. Lemon’s attention and offered to buy Mr. Lemon a drink, a “Lemon Drop,” a vodka cocktail.” When Lemon declined the request, Hice then left to let him continue talking with his friends.

The lawsuit claims that later that evening Lemon walked toward Hice and his friends and “put his hand down the front of his own shorts, and vigorously rubbed his genitalia, removed his hand and shoved his middle fingers into Plaintiff’s mustache under Plaintiff’s nose.”


“Mr. Lemon intensely pushed his fingers against Plaintiff’s face under Plaintiff’s nose,” the lawsuit alleges, “forcing Plaintiff’s head to thrust backward as Defendant repeatedly asked Plaintiff, “Do you like p- or d-?” Lemon then continued to shove his finger’s into Hice’s face before leaving the bar.

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