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The State Department launched an investigation after a foreign ​correspondent ​for CNN ​allegedly bit two medical workers​ ​during a drunken fit at the US Embassy​ in Baghdad​.

Senior international correspondent A​rwa Damon was said to be intoxicated and abusive to medics stationed on the grounds of the embassy, and bit both EMTs on their forearms as they tried to treat her on July 19, ​according to a $2 million lawsuit​ they filed against Damon and CNN in Manhattan on Monday​.

The papers say Damon, 36, bit EMT​​s Tracy Lamar and Charles Simons as they tried to help her, before threatening them and saying she was a “major reporter for CNN.” The suit claims CNN hired Damon knowing she “has a history of becoming intoxicated and then abusive,” and a “penchant for violence even when sober.”

A source tells Page Six, “The State Department prepared a report on the incident, which was sent to CNN.” But Damon continued working for the network, where we’re told she is well-regarded.

Page Six can also reveal a sobered-up Damon later wrote a groveling apology to US Embassy staff about her “disastrous behavior,” which she claims she doesn’t fully remember.

She said in an e-mail: “It’s been an extremely stressful time, I was exhausted, I had not had proper food all day and clearly miscalculated how my body would handle the alcohol consumed . . . Needless to say, I am utterly mortified and take full responsibility for my actions, which are inexcusable.”

She added, “I am being filled in on the details of my behavior. I am beyond embarrassed. My actions and words were entirely out of my character, and I hope that everyone can at some point forgive me.”

Last night, CNN top brass still didn’t seem to be fully aware of the drama. A CNN rep said, “We are not aware of the alleged lawsuit and, therefore, have no comment.”

The EMTs’ lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, added, “To get so very drunk and attack people who are trying to help you is somewhat disturbing, particularly as a reporter.”  ...

More, including the apology, at New York Post

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Re: CNN reporter’s drunken ‘biting’ rage sparked State Dept. probe
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2014, 08:05:32 AM »
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CNN reporter bit 2 EMTs while in drunken rage: suit
By Julia Marsh and Leonard Greene
August 4, 2014 | 3:59pm

CNN ​is being sued by two EMTs who say a foreign ​correspondent ​for the cable news network ​bit them​ ​in a drunken rage outside the US Embassy​ in Baghdad​.

A​rwa Damon, described by the cable network as a senior international correspondent, was intoxicated and abusive to a medical team stationed on the grounds of the embassy, where Damon did not have authority to be, ​according to the $2 million lawsuit​ filed in Manhattan on Monday​.

According to the lawsuit, Damon, 36, bit EMT​​s Tracy Lamar and Charles Simons before threatening them, saying she was a “major reporter for CNN.”

The medics were trying to treat Damon when she became violent, the lawsuit said.

It was not clear what sparked the incident.

The suit claims CNN knew Damon had a history of drunken and abusive behavior, and had a penchant for violence, even when sober.

The EMTs are each suing for $1 million.

CNN did not immediately return a call for comment.
[/quote]Story and copy of lawsuit at NY Post


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