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The left-wing network CNN has been plagued with disturbing sexual assault allegations against current and former employees of the company.
CNN star anchor Don Lemon is facing a lawsuit that alleges he committed sexual assault and battery at a bar on New York’s Long Island. The incident allegedly occurred in the summer of 2018.
Lemon, who is openly gay, allegedly put his hand down the front of his shorts and “vigorously” rubbed his genitalia before allegedly shoving the same hand into a man’s mustache area. Dustin Hice filed the lawsuit and has reportedly rejected a number of settlement offers for compensation.
In a separate matter, longtime CNN producer John Griffin is accused of attempting to pay off witnesses who saw him allegedly abused a 9-year-old girl and entice other minors.
One woman was offered $30,000 to have a “mother-daughter weekend with me.”
When he was arrested, Griffin told authorities that he was “ashamed.”
U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont Nikolas Kerest argues there is “substantial” evidence against Griffin.
“Griffin has tried to deceive, delete, and spend his way out of being held accountable,” the prosecutor wrote. “He is a wealthy man who will be desperate to avoid facing justice.”
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Last year, Griffin sought out women who identified as sexually submissive and tried to persuade them to allow him to “train” their minor daughters.
He told one parent that he “had trained girls as young as seven years of age,” according to the filing.
One woman, who was the mother of a 9-year-old girl, flew from Nevada to Boston to stay at Griffin’s Vermont ski house in July 2020, according to authorities.
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While the woman and her minor daughter were at the home, Griffin viewed “web-pages featuring pornographic videos about sex with mothers and daughters.”
“The evidence against Griffin also includes a video captured by a drone operated by Griffin as it returned to Griffin’s Ludlow ski house shortly after 5am on July 20, 2020, showing the completely naked nine-year-old girl, standing immediately next to Griffin in his underwear,” the motion reads.
After the mother and daughter returned to Nevada, one of their relatives exchanged messages with Griffin in which he said he didn’t do anything wrong.
“U lmk if ur feeling helpful within the hour or so,” the relative said to Griffin, who then sent the relative $4,000, according to the motion.
“This apparent pay-off of a potential witness is not only further evidence of wrong-doing, it is an independent reason for Griffin’s detention,” the prosecutor writes.