CNN suspended conservative pundit Paris Dennard hours after The Washington Post reported the Trump defender was sacked from his previous job over repeated sexual harassment.
“We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard,” a CNN spokesperson told The Daily Beast. “We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations.”
The allegations were reported by The Washington Post, which found that Dennard was fired by Arizona State University four years ago after he was repeatedly accused of sexual harassment.
Dennard, who is a member of Trump’s Commission on White House Fellowships, reportedly pursued a sexual relationship with a recent graduate and “pretended to unzip his pants in her presence, tried to get her to sit on his lap, and made masturbatory gestures.”
In other documents, Dennard confessed to touching a woman’s “neck with his tongue” and approaching another woman from behind and whispering in her ear that he wanted to “fuck her.”
“I cannot comment on items I have never seen regarding allegations I still believe to be false,” Dennard said in a statement. “This is sadly another politically motivated attempt to besmirch my character, and shame me into silence for my support of President Trump and the GOP.”
The suspension comes just days after Trump praised Dennard on Twitter.
“Just watched former Intelligence Official Phillip Mudd become totally unglued and weird while debating wonderful @PARISDENNARD over Brennan’s Security Clearance,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Dennard destroyed him but Mudd is in no mental condition to have such a Clearance. Should be REVOKED?”