Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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CNN sued for $1 million over correspondent's alleged drunken, biting freakout

CNN America is being sued by a pair of plaintiffs who claim that correspondent Arwa Damon bit one of them and threatened both during a drunken altercation at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

CNN sued for $1 million over correspondent's alleged drunken, biting freakout

CNN America is being sued by a pair of plaintiffs who claim that correspondent Arwa Damon bit one of them and threatened both during a drunken altercation at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.<br />
CNN America is being sued by a pair of plaintiffs who claim that correspondent Arwa Damon bit one of them and threatened both during a drunken altercation at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Here's a lawsuit that you can really sink your teeth into.

CNN America is being sued by a pair of plaintiffs who claim that correspondent Arwa Damon bit one of them and threatened both during a drunken altercation at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

In the suit, filed in New York Supreme Court on Monday, Charles Simons and Tracy Lamar claim that in July, Damon was “seriously intoxicated” at the embassy and became “unruly and violent.”

At some point, the suit claims Damon bit Lamar, who was working as an EMT and a medic, and threatened both Lamar and Simons, who were attempting to provide medical assistance.
What's more, Damon — also named as a defendant in the suit, along with CNN Productions — has “a history of becoming intoxicated and then abusive” and “a history of and penchant for violence even when sober,” the suit claims.

And perhaps worst of all, Damon allegedly pulled a “don't you know who I am,” telling the plaintiffs that she was “a major reporter for CNN.”

TheWrap is awaiting comment from CNN.

The suit claims that Lamar “suffered severe and permanent personal injuries, including a bite to the left forearm, injury to the knees, elbows and other parts of the body; fear of infection from a human bite which is highly infectious; cosmetic deformity; pain and suffering; mental anguish and distress; emotional injuries; and plaintiff has been otherwise damaged,” the suit claims.

Simons and Lamar are seeking damages “in an amount not to exceed the sum of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000).”

It might not hurt for them to ask for some antibiotics while they're at it.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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