An lawyer for CNN’s Don Lemon is slamming radio host Megyn Kelly for permitting a man who claims the newsman sexually assaulted him three years in the past to look on her present this week, the place she performed a ‘lopsided and inaccurate’ interview as a result of she has a ‘vendetta’ in opposition to the anchor.
In a scathing letter addressed to conservative journalist Kelly and obtained by DailyMail.com on Tuesday, Lemon’s lawyer, Caroline J. Polisi, bashed the newswoman for having Dustin Hice on her SiriusXM program, The Megyn Kelly Show, Monday morning, saying the 40-year-old accuser’s claims are ‘fabricated.’
In the letter, which was accompanied by an October 1 court docket submitting pertaining to Hice’s case in opposition to Lemon, Polisi takes goal at Kelly’s talents as a journalist, saying she willfully ignored info that had been uncovered in the course of the case’s proceedings throughout her interview with Hice with the intention to fulfill her personal agenda.
‘Given that you’re a journalist,’ Polisi’s letter begins, ‘I’d have anticipated, at a minimal, that you’d have reviewed the filings on the general public docket, such because the hooked up movement papers, which, citing to supporting proof, considerably undermines Mr. Hice’s credibility and in addition to the outlandish story he fabricated about Mr. Lemon.’
‘You didn’t pose any inquiries to Mr. Hice about these issues,’ Polisi discerns within the correspondence, which was despatched to Kelly through e mail on Monday.
‘Instead,’ Polisi continues, you ‘accepted his narrative wholesale, leaving your listeners with a lopsided and inaccurate understanding of Mr. Hice’s allegations or the power of the proof he has in opposition to Mr. Lemon.
‘You permitted Mr. Hice’s statements to go unchallenged throughout your broadcast, clearly out of a vendetta you’ve got in opposition to Mr. Lemon.’
Hice, 40, appeared on Monday’s The Megyn Kelly Show on SiriusXM at the same time as Lemon’s attorneys have aggressively tried to discredit his lawsuit in court docket filings, charging the ex-bartender with withholding vital texts, deleting social media posts and hiding a witness that disputes his claims.
Hice has claimed he noticed Lemon at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Long Island’s upscale Hamptons in July 2018 and determined to supply to purchase him a shot, going over to the newsman and ordering lemon drops – an try at humor, he mentioned, claiming he ‘did not imply something derogatory.’
Hice sensationally claimed in his go well with, filed in 2019, that Lemon, who’s homosexual, seemingly rejected the shot and walked away however then got here again over minutes later and allegedly put his hand down his personal pants, rubbing his personal elements after which shoving his fingers into Hice’s face whereas asking the then-37-year-old, ‘Do you want p**** or d***?’
‘Anybody that acts like that in public with none worry of what it’d it do to any person or the results it might need, that is a sample,’ Hice advised host Megyn Kelly Monday after she requested if the anchor’s actions appeared like one thing he had performed earlier than.
Lemon’s authorized crew has repeatedly denied the allegation.
Accuser Dustin Hice, 40, detailed his alleged encounter with Lemon on The Megyn Kelly Show Monday, even because the anchor’s attorneys have aggressively tried to discredit his lawsuit in court docket filings, charging the ex-bartender with withholding vital texts, deleting social media posts and hiding a witness that disputes his claims
‘I would not be stunned,’ Hice added. ‘He’s protected by the truth that he is African-American, a homosexual man, on tv, and I’m just a few no one.’
Lemon, a longtime fixture on the liberal information community, is overtly homosexual and has been wed to a man, 37-year-old actual property agent Tim Malone, since 2017, and was married when the alleged altercation passed off.
Hice advised Kelly throughout Monday’s interview that he’s straight.
He additionally claimed to the previous Fox News host that CNN has apparently tried to pay him off 3 times – to the tune of $500,000 – with the intention to settle the lawsuit.
A bartender at The Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack, a village in Southampton, Hice detailed to Kelly how he and a few of his coworkers ended up at Murf’s on or across the night of July 15, 2018.
Hice mentioned that upon getting into the institution, he acknowledged the CNN stalwart.
Lemon, a longtime fixture on the liberal information community, is overtly homosexual and has been wed to a man, 37-year-old actual property agent Tim Malone, since 2017, and was married when the alleged altercation passed off
‘So I walked in, and I noticed him proper out of the nook of my eye and sitting within the over to the best,’ Hice recalled to Kelly of the encounter, saying he was then accompanied by his boss, George.
‘He was with a group of a couple different males,’ Hice continued, ‘and I mentioned to George, I mentioned, ‘Look that is Don Lemon proper there.’
‘I made a decision to method him, and I mentioned, ‘Hey, Don let me purchase you a drink,’
Hice then detailed how, earlier than Lemon could reply, he shortly referred to as to the bartender for a pair of drinks for him and the celeb – asking for 2 lemon drops, a play on the host’s final identify, Hice defined, saying the cheeky supply was simply him ‘being cordial.’
‘I did not imply something derogatory,’ he advised Kelly.
According to Hice, Lemon didn’t appear amused by the off-duty bartender’s try at humor, brushing Hice off by saying, ‘I’m simply making an attempt to have a good time.’
‘As quickly as he mentioned “I’m just trying to have a good time,“ I just walked away,’ Hice told Kelly.
Lemon’s attorneys, however, argued in a court filing that Hice taunted Lemon and ‘repeatedly yelled’ across the bar, but that the host declined.
Hice charges that Lemon came up to him mere minutes later and started speaking to him before launching the alleged assault – which Hice described in detail to Kelly.
In the Monday interview, Hice, 40, described to Kelly how CNN’s Don Lemon allegedly asked him ‘Do you like me?’ and if he liked ‘p**** or d***’
‘So I walk around the bar, um, and about five minutes goes by and he walks, he comes around the bar, and comes up to me, and he says, um, pardon my language, but he says, “Do you like me? Is that why you’re f***ing with me?”
‘And I mentioned, “No, I just wanted to say what’s up.” And I used to be similar to, “What’s this guy’s problem?”’
The ex-bartender additionally claimed that Lemon made a lewd assertion a number of occasions in the course of the alleged encounter.
Hice then described intimately how Lemon allegedly fondled his personal genitals on the Hamptons bar and used two of his fingers on that very same hand to push Hice’s head again whereas harassing him.
‘I take a look at my boss, and I look again, and he has his hand in his pants rubbing himself aggressively, and he shoves his two fingers up beneath my moustache, thrusts my head again, and says, “Do you like p**** or d***?”
‘And he mentioned it like two or 3 times after that, and I simply mentioned, “What the hell, man,” and I simply ran out the again door.’
Hice claims that he was out with co-workers at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern (above) in Sag Harbor on or round July 15, 2018, when he noticed Lemon
Hice claimed the anchor was visibly intoxicated in the course of the encounter.
CNN didn’t instantly return DailyMail.com’s request for remark relating to the alleged incident on Tuesday. A community spokesperson has beforehand publicly slammed Hice as a dishonest opportunist and extortionist trying to capitalize on the possibility assembly.
‘The plaintiff on this lawsuit has beforehand displayed a sample of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts,’ the spokesperson advised USA Today in 2019.
‘This declare follows his unsuccessful threats and calls for for an exorbitant sum of money from Don Lemon.’
Over the previous three years, legal professionals for Lemon have outlined a prolonged discovery course of in court docket filings that noticed Hice allegedly admit to deleting quite a few social media posts.
Hice described intimately how Lemon allegedly touched his personal genitals on the Hamptons bar and used two of his fingers on that very same hand to push Hice’s head again whereas harassing him
Lemon’s attorneys additionally added that Hice indicated in textual content messages to a key witness within the case – one in all his coworkers who was at Murf’s in the course of the alleged altercation – that the 2 could doubtlessly rating some money for a collaborative testimony that corroborated his account of the incident.
However, based on Lemon’s authorized crew, the witness revealed in a court docket deposition that he didn’t know if Lemon truly had any bodily contact with Hice or not.
What’s extra, textual content messages offered by a third witness confirmed Hice posing with a Lemon in entrance of his crotch in entrance of Lemon’s house.
A second photograph in a current court docket submitting exhibits Hice and the important thing witness rolling on Lemon’s driveway.
That witness, who did not again up Hice’s account of the alleged altercation, was not put forth as a potential witness by Hice’s attorneys, Lemon’s court docket filings revealed.
Lemon’s legal professionals added that their shopper is harmless and deny that any occasion of assault passed off, citing that the anchor ‘is usually subjected to racist and homophobic harassment.’