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Sharon Bialek, a Chicago woman who worked at the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s, comes forward to claim Cain sexually harassed her while she was looking for a job. Bialek details an encounter with Cain in July of 1997 that left the woman shaken and embarrassed.
The National Restaurant Association releases statement confirming that over a decade ago, a female employee filed a formal complaint of sexual harassment against then-association head Herman Cain. Cain disputed allegations at the time, according to the trade group.
“This is likely not over with Politico from a legal perspective,” a campaign official tells The Washington Post, stopping short of explaining what exactly he meant by taking legal action against the publication.
Surrounded by reporters after speech about health care to doctors in Virginia, Cain refuses to say whether he would ask the association to release the women from non-disclosure agreements. “Don’t even bother asking me all of these other questions that you all are curious about, okay? Don’t even bother.”
A third woman describes "sexually suggestive remarks or gestures" from Herman Cain. The woman's claim is backed by a Republican pollster who says he witnessed at least two such incidents.
Joel Bennett, attorney for one of the women who received payments to leave the restaurant association, asks that she be released from a nondisclosure agreement so her side of the story could be told.
In an interview with Fox News, Cain contradicts his earlier statement, saying “yes, there was some sort of settlement or termination.”
Cain denies allegations and says he has no knowledge of the National Restaurant Association reaching a settlement with any women. “I am unaware of any sort of settlement. I hope it wasn’t for much, because I didn’t do anything."
In an interview with PBS NewsHour, Cain recalled details of an encounter with one woman. “Once I referenced this lady’s height and I was standing near her ... “It was in my office, the door was wide open, and my secretary was sitting right there, and we were standing there and I made the little gesture.”
Politico reports that two women who worked at the National Restaurant Association while it was headed by Herman Cain in the 1990s had complained about sexually suggestive behavior by Cain and had received payments when they left the organization.