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Don Lemon Asks Cosby Accuser Why She Didn’t Avoid Being Raped

Don Lemon Asks Cosby Accuser Why She Didn’t Avoid Being Raped

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CNN anchor Don Lemon is catching backlash after he asked one of Bill Cosby’s alleged victims why she allowed herself to be forced into performing oral sex.

Speaking to the former music industry publicist and actress Joan Tarshis during a Tuesday segment, Lemon asked her why she didn’t fight back against the legendary comedian.

LEMON: You-you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.
TARSHIS: Oh. Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now, I wish it would have.
LEMON: Meaning the using of the teeth, right?
TARSHIS: Yes, that’s what I’m thinking you’re-
LEMON: As a weapon.
TARSHIS: Yeah, I didn’t even think of it.

Lemon’s statements were followed by a fierce reaction on social media, which triggered the trending hashtag “#DonLemonReporting.

The CNN host continues to be criticized for his remarks.


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