CNN has suspended contributor Paris Dennard following allegations of sexual misconduct; a full investigation into the allegations is underway, The Washington Post reports.
Dennard was fired from a previous position at Arizona State University for "making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women, according to documents and a university official," according to the Post.
The paper's investigation found Dennard allegedly had inappropriate interactions with a recent college graduate, including an incident where he "pretended to unzip his pants in her presence, tried to get her to sit on his lap and made masturbatory gestures.”
Just before the allegations were made public, President Trump took to Twitter to applaud Dennard for his defense of the president in a debate against Trump critic Philip Mudd during a Monday night segment.
Just watched former Intelligence Official Phillip Mudd become totally unglued and weird while debating wonderful @PARISDENNARD over Brennan’s Security Clearance. Dennard destroyed him but Mudd is in no mental condition to have such a Clearance. Should be REVOKED? @seanhannity— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2018
Birds of a feather, much?
Dennard's previous employment includes time at the White House under George W. Bush and the aforementioned stint at ASU’s McCain Institute for International Leadership.
"We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard," a CNN spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations."
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