CNN host Don Lemon is apologizing for comments he made in an interview with an alleged rape victim of Bill Cosby.

During an interview on Tuesday (Nov 18) with publicist/journalist Joan Tarshis — one of Cosby’s many rape accusers — Lemon pressed her on why she didn’t use her teeth to avoid performing oral sex on the comedian, which sparked outrage on social media, especially Twitter.

Via DailyMail:

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

Ms Tarshis said: “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 said: “Meaning the using of the teeth as a weapon, right?” – to which Ms Tarshis responded “yes.”

Not content that he had pushed the point home, Lemon continued crudely: “Biting.”

A very uncomfortable Ms Tarshis replied “ouch” before Lemon finished with: “Yes. I had to ask.”

HE “HAD” TO ASK, FOLKS. And now he’s apologizing for the rude questions after feeling the heat from those who were outraged by his comments. Someone even started a “#DonLemonReporting” Twitter trend that instantly went viral. (See tweets below)

As a result of the backlash, Lemon was forced to apologize on air Wednesday, saying that he, as a victim of sexual assault himself, never intended to offend Tarshis or anyone else during the interview.

“As a victim myself I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape,” he said. “If my question struck anyone as insensitive, I’m sorry as that was not my intention.”

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