Man arrested for allegedly making death threats to CNN's Don Lemon
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A man has been arrested for allegedly making 40 calls to CNN, making death threats and harassing the network, according to USA Today.

Arkansas resident Benjamin Craig Matthews was arrested Wednesday and booked on charges of felony terroristic threatening and multiple counts of misdemeanor harassing, according to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office.


Matthews, 39, allegedly threatened the life of CNN anchor Don Lemon, according to USA Today.

During one of the calls to CNN, Matthews reportedly asked to be directed to Lemon's "dead body hanging from a tree." On another call that same day, Matthews reportedly asked the operator to help kill Lemon.

Matthews was also accused of making calls to another unidentified news outlet and to various public officials and organizations, authorities said.

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Matthews is accused of making the phone calls between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. He is being held in custody and is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Thursday.

CNN declined to comment.