On Monday, Megyn Kelly interviewed Dustin Hice, the man who has accused CNN host Don Lemon of assaulting him in a bar in the Hamptons. This is the same basic story that Hice has told before. I’ve covered it here and here. Basically, Hice and a friend walked into a bar in the Hamptons around 10 pm. He spotted Don Lemon and went over and tried to buy two Lemon Drop drinks. He says here he was just being cordial. But he also says Lemon looked like he’d had a few and clearly wasn’t amused.
After Lemon said he was just “trying to have a good time,” Hice went away and said he thought that was the end of it. Five minutes later, Hice claims Lemon came up to him and said “Do you like me is that why you’re f***king with me?” And at that point he says Lemon put his hand down his pants, rubbed his crotch and then stuck his fingers into Hice’s face under his nose saying, “Do you like pussy or dick? Hice claims Lemon pushed him hard enough that he was bent backwards over the bar. He says he had a choice how to respond he decided to run out the back door.
Kelly asked, “Did it strike you as something he had ever done before?” Hice replied, “I don’t know anybody that acts like that in public without any fear of what it might do to somebody or the consequences it might have, that’s a pattern, you know.” He added, “I wouldn’t be surprised.”
Here’s the full interview:
In a legal letter obtained by Radar, Lemon’s lawyer Caroline J. Polisi accuses Megyn of leaving her listeners with a “lopsided and inaccurate understanding” of what Dustin Hice claims went down between him and Lemon at a Long Island bar in the summer of 2018.
“You permitted Mr. Hice’s statements to go unchallenged during your broadcast, clearly out of a vendetta you have against Mr. Lemon,” the letter reads…
Lemon’s pitbull lawyer says the only time her client offered to pay Hice was “for a nuisance value of $8,000.” She claims Hice, through lawyers, “demanded $1.5 million dollars from Mr. Lemon in exchange for not ‘going public’ with his claims immediately.”
To be fair to Lemon, the NY Post did pull up some photos of Hice from the legal filings which show Hice posing in front of Lemon’s home in ways that suggest he is not a fan. It’s not clear in the story whether those photos were taken before or after the incident in the bar. Obviously if they were taken before that’s relevant and suggests a preexisting animus. However, if they were taken afterwards that might suggest Hice was reacting to what happened.
This case is supposed to go to trial early next year and Hice clearly isn’t backing away from his claims thus far.