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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CNN’s Don Lemon Apologizes for Insensitive Rape Remarks to One of Bill Cosby’s Accusers

Don Lemon Apologizes About Rape Comments

Nationwide — Don Lemon of CNN has issued a formal apology for some remarks he made in an interview with Joan Tarshis, who has accused comedian/actor Bill Cosby of raping her. During the interview, Lemon suggested that she could have avoided being raped by using her teeth while performing oral sex.

During the interview, he said, “Can I ask you this, because — and please, I don’t mean to be crude, OK?”

He continued, “You – you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.”

Then, Tarshis responded, “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: “Right. 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: “Biting. So, um —”

TARSHIS: “Ouch.”

LEMON: “Yes. I had to ask. I mean, it is, yeah.”

But the very next day, as an apology, he said on his program, “I need to say something before we get to our next story. A word about my interview last night with Cosby accuser Joan Tarshis. As I am a victim myself I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape. If my question to her struck anyone as insensitive, I am sorry as that is certainly and was not my intention.”

Watch the apology below:

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