International correspondent Arwa Damon has returned to CNN’s airwaves about a month after she was slapped with a lawsuit by two emergency medical technicians she allegedly bit during a drunken incident in Baghdad, according to media blog TV Newser.
The outlet said Arwa Damon’s return follows a long absence that came about following the apology she issued shortly after word of the lawsuits went public:
“I am apologizing and extending my thanks to all that were involved in ensuring that I am, thankfully, in the end, taken care of and physically at least OK. Everyone was extremely professional and courteous in the face of my unjustified behavior.”
The New York Daily News reported that the incident happened at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on July 19 and provided additional details about the incident that lead to the lawsuit, a month-long absence and Arwa Damon’s eventual return to the airwaves:
“Charles Simons and Tracy Lamar, EMTs working for a private contractor in Baghdad, claim CNN has continued to employ the Emmy-award winning journalist despite her ‘history of becoming intoxicated and then abusive.’
“The 36-year-old was ‘totally out of control’ the day of the incident, forcing embassy staff to call the medics to calm the correspondent, David Jaroslawicz, an attorney for Simons and Lamar, told the Daily News. Damon then boasted her credentials as ‘a major reporter for CNN’ as she struggled and thrashed against Simons and Lamar, each of whom were bitten and bruised during the incident, the suit, filed Monday in New York State supreme court, claims.
“‘She was biting them both pretty furiously. She has good teeth,’ Jaroslawicz said. ‘Eventually they subdued her.’
“A day after the incident, a sober Damon apologized in an email to U.S. Embassy staff, saying she was ‘beyond embarrassed.'”
While the details of Damon’s alleged incident are the stuff of fodder across cable newsrooms around the world and the topic of all sorts of blog posts, it is just the latest example of news reporters and news anchors gone bad.
The Inquisitr reported last year on the arrest of a local Fox News anchor in Tampa. Anchor Russell Rhodes, who anchored Good Day Tampa on the Fox affiliate, was arrested after he exited a vehicle with his pants down. But it was not before he had to be taken down by authorities, which resulted in facial injuries visible in his mug shot.
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