A commentator who has been a fixture of CNN’s Trump coverage was suspended by the network Wednesday over past allegations of sexual harassment.
The allegations against Paris Dennard, a strong Trump supporter, were detailed in a report published Wednesday by The Washington Post, which reported that Dennard was fired by Arizona State University in 2014 “for making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women.”
“The Post obtained a copy of an ASU report that described the university’s 2014 internal investigation into Dennard’s conduct,” CNN reports. “According to the newspaper, the report ‘describes a series of inappropriate incidents often initiated by Dennard with the two women in 2013 and 2014.'”
The ASU investigation reportedly found that Dennard had committed “serious misconduct.”
CNN adds: “Later, Dennard became a high-profile surrogate for the Trump campaign, appearing frequently on television and in other forums. He is well known to CNN viewers as a political commentator for the network, and for his staunch defenses of President Trump.”
A CNN spokeswoman is quoted saying Wednesday: “We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard. We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations.”