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Was CNN’s Interview with Bill Cosby Rape Victim Inappropriate?

November 19, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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CNN anchor Don Lemon is under stinging criticism after suggesting to Bill Cosby rape accuser Joan Tarshis that she take a bite out of the comedian’s penis rather than perform oral sex.

Tarshis, who came forward on Sunday, claimed she was sexually assaulted by Cosby as a 19-year-old actress in 1969.

She appeared with Lemon on Tuesday and the conversation went south fast.

“You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it,” Lemon told Tarshis during a TV interview.

“I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind,” Tarshis answered. “Now I wish it would have.”

“Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?” Lemon prodded.

Tarshis didn’t bat an eye at the offensive line of questioning, but the mocking hashtag #DonLemonReporting quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.

Cosby allegedly lured Tarshis to his bungalow at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, drugged her and then forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Tarshis said “Mr. Jello” attacked her again days later at the Sherry Netherland hotel, after she accompanied him to a performance he gave at The Westbury Music Theater on Long Island.

Lemon ends the exchange by stating, “I had to ask.”

The interview had prompted a flurry of criticism on Twitter. Was it inappropriate?

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