CNN’s Don Lemon Tells Alleged Bill Cosby Rape Victim She Should’ve Used Teeth “As A Weapon” To Avoid Oral Sex (VIDEO)

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Don Lemon Joan Tarshis Rape Oral Sex

By Michael Lewittes

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Don Lemon Joan Tarshis Rape Oral Sex

(CNN)

CNN anchor Don Lemon rather uncomfortably lectured Bill Cosby’s alleged rape victim Joan Tarshis on Tuesday night on how she could have avoided performing oral sex on the comedian, if she had simply used her teeth “as a weapon.”

Tarshis is one of the multiple women who has recently come forward and accused Cosby of sexual assault, claiming that the beloved comedian drugged and raped her twice in 1969 when she was 19 years old. The former actress and publicist said she tried to thwart Cosby’s unwanted sexual advances by telling him that she had an infection, which resulted in him instead allegedly forcing her to perform oral sex.

“Can I ask you this, because, and please, I don’t mean to be crude, OK?” Lemon warned Tarshis before inquiring about her story. “You said this last night, that … you lied to him and said ‘I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do, if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife.’ And you said he made you perform oral sex.” After Tarshis confirmed those facts, Lemon went on to question her the way she attempted to thwart off Cosby’s sexual assault. “You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it,” Lemon told the alleged victim. Tarshis responded by noting, “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.” But Lemon didn’t end his creepy commentary there. He added, “Meaning the using of the teeth, right? As a weapon.” During the awkward exchanged, Tarshis just continued to say that the thought didn’t cross her mind at the time.

Following the interview, viewers took to social media to slam Lemon, calling his line of questioning “insensitive,” “offensive” and “lacking professionalism.” The hashtag #DonLemonReporting soon became a trending topic on Twitter. Watch the interview below, and tell us what you think of Lemon’s questions.

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