Don Lemon of CNN is now apologizing for remarks he made in an interview Tuesday night about Bill Cosby and rape.
Lemon was interviewing Cosby accuser Joan Tarshis when he suggested a way she could have avoided being raped.
When talking to Tarshis, 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.”
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 —”
LEMON: “Yes. I had to ask. I mean, it is, yeah.”
Today, on the air, Lemon addressed viewers:
“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.”
Lemon wrote in a 2011 memoir of being sexually abused as a child.
SOURCE: Ann Oldenburg