A bartender who claims CNN anchor Don Lemon jammed his finger in his face after rubbing his own genitals has said the news network is 'a predator protecting machine' that's 'rife with perverts.'
Dustin Hice, 41, spoke out in the wake of Chris Cuomo's termination from the news channel after a sexual misconduct allegation was leveled at him last week, in the wake of another scandal involving his ties to his alleged sex pest brother Andrew.
Hice filed a suit against Lemon, 55, in August 2019 alleging that the CNN star assaulted him at a Hamptons bar. Lemon denies the allegations.
'They're a network rife with predators and perverts,' Hice told Fox News Digital.
Dustin Hice, 41, who is suing Don Lemon over sexual assault allegations has branded CNN a 'predator protecting machine'
Hice is suing Lemon, pictued, who claims he was assaulted by the CNN anchor in July 2018
'Lemon will have to testify under oath in the near future, but it's good to see that there's finally some accountability happening.'
So far, CNN is standing by Lemon, similar to how the network backed its former anchor Chris Cuomo until revelations from the New York Attorney General's office forced them to take action.
'This is who they are. They're a predator-protecting machine, they slander and smear victims with impunity,' Hice added.
'They've tried to grind me down, they've attempted to intimidate witnesses in my case, they've released confidential information about me in attempt to doxx me. They are complicit. This is who they are,' he added.
Hice says he wants some closure after the alleged assault in which he claims that he was with co-workers at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor in July 2018, when he recognized Lemon.
Dustin Hice claims that he was out with co-workers at Murf's Backstreet Tavern (above) in Sag Harbor on or around July 15, 2018 when Lemon approached him and sexually assaulted him
Hice then made what he describes as a 'cordial gesture' and 'tried to get Mr. Lemon’s attention and offered to buy Mr. Lemon a drink'.
Lemon responded to Hice's offer by declining the drink and telling the young man he was 'just trying to have a good time.'
Things then allegedly took a bizarre turn minutes later, according to Hice, who is asking for damages.
'Sometime later that evening, unexpectedly, Mr. Lemon walked towards Hice and his colleagues inside of Murf’s,' states the complaint.
'At such time, Mr. Lemon, who was wearing a pair of shorts, sandals, and a t-shirt, 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 under Hice’s nose.'
It then goes on to allege: 'Mr. Lemon intensely pushed his fingers against Plaintiff’s face under Plaintiff’s nose, forcing Plaintiff’s head to thrust backward as Lemon repeatedly asked Hice "Do you like p***y or d**k?". While saying this, Mr. Lemon continued to shove his fingers into Hice's face with aggression and hostility.'
Don Lemon (above with his husband at their Hamptons home days before the alleged incident) is being sued by Dustin Hice, a Floridian who claims he was assaulted by the CNN anchor
Lemon (above with his husband on right and friends the day of the incident) allegedly 'removed his hand and shoved his index and middle fingers into Plaintiff's mustache under Hice's nose'
That is when Hice 'fled the bar' and took five to ten minutes to collect himself before he was able to return inside, having recovered from the incident which he claims left him 'shocked and humiliated'.
Lemon was gone by that point, while Hice was left 'emotionally devastated by Mr. Lemon’s demeaning unprovoked and offensive assault'.
Hice, who has spoken about the alleged assault several times in the past also revealed that he was offered a $500,000 settlement by Lemon before negotiations broke down and a formal complaint was filed.
The case is expected to end up in court early next year after a prolonged legal process.
‘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 told Fox News.