Sorry for not posting this last night. CNN’s Don Lemon made a startling confession on live television: The anchor revealed that he had been the victim of a pedophile as a child.
The anchor's admission happened during a Saturday evening segment with supporters and members of Bishop Eddie Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Lemon described the relationships and patterns alleged by Long's accusers, "Let me tell you what got my attention about this and I have never admitted this on television. I’m a victim of a pedophile when I was a kid. Someone who was much older than me."
Lemon added that the pattern described by Long's accusers was exactly what he experienced. "I’ve never admitted that on television and I never told my mom until I was 30 years old," Lemon said. "Especially African-American men don’t want to talk about those things."
Also worth noting: Like their pastor who finally spoke this morning, the three young guests in the studio expressed no concern for the young accusers. And despite the similar stories from the young men in different parts of the country—two of the four accusers have never met the others, btw—the guests said they will still "stand by the bishop" and he did not "look" like a predator. Kevin Bond, the former New Birth employee seen on Skype from London, had a much more nuanced position and admitted the growing allegations were "troublesome." "The Black church is loyal, sometimes even to a fault," Bond admitted.