The Washington Post reports:
A conservative commentator who was lauded by President Trump this week as “wonderful” and who has argued that past sexual indiscretions should have no bearing on Trump’s presidency was fired from Arizona State University four years ago for making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women, according to documents and a university official.
An internal investigation by the university concluded that Paris Dennard, a surrogate during the campaign and now a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, told a recent college graduate who worked for him that he wanted to have sex with her.
He “pretended to unzip his pants in her presence, tried to get her to sit on his lap, and made masturbatory gestures,” according to a university report obtained by The Washington Post.
Ultimately, Dennard was placed on administrative leave and eventually “involuntarily separated” from his position in 2015. On his website, Dennard states that he was an “official media surrogate for the victorious Donald J. Trump for President Campaign.”
He also states that he “currently serves as a member of the Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Advisory Board” and “was appointed by President Trump to serve as a commissioner for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.”
Shortly after the Post story was published online, a CNN spokeswoman said, “We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard. We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations.”
Commentators like Dennard are typically under contract with a specific network for a set period of time. Suspensions are rare, but not unheard of. Dennard did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNNMoney.
Earlier, he told the Post that he believes the allegations made against him at ASU are “false.” “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,” he told the newspaper.
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