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Monday, November 7, 2011

Fourth Woman Accuses Cain of Sexual Harassment

Once again, while I was at work the Herman Cain sexual harassment story exploded. A new woman has accused him and she has come forward with details. I do not pretend to know whether Cain is guilty or not but I don't see how his campaign can survive this. 

If he is guilty, I do not want him to be our President but if he is innocent, how will he ever get his reputation back or salvage his campaign? Also, I find it odd that this woman never filed charges of sexual assault. Is that typical? Are women sexually assaulted daily without filing charges?

I still do believe this entire episode was originally leaked by Mitt Romney's campaign or the Republican establishment (progressives). I have no evidence of that but until evidence to the contrary is revealed, I will continue to believe it. - Reggie

A former employee of the National Restaurant Association on Monday said Herman Cain groped her 14 years ago during an unwanted sexual advance, becoming the fourth woman to accuse the presidential candidate of sexual misconduct and the first to publicly identify herself.

Speaking at a press conference in New York City and flanked by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, Sharon Bialek, a Chicago resident who worked for the NRA from 1996 to 1997, said Cain suddenly reached out and grabbed her after drinks and dinner in Washington D.C. in the summer of 1997. She had left her association job in Chicago, Bialek said, and had traveled to Washington to meet with Cain to ask him for help finding a new job. It was then, she alleged, Cain attempted to force her into a sexual favor in exchange for a job while the two were in a parked car.

“I was very, very surprised and very shocked,” Bialek said, recounting in detail the aggressive sexual overture. She said she decided to come forward after three other women who worked for the trade group alleged that Cain sexually harassed them on the job. “Mr. Cain, I implore you. Make this right,” Bialek said.

Bialek is the fourth woman to accuse Cain of sexual misconduct, after reports surfaced last week that three subordinates claimed he sexually harassed them when he was the top executive of the NRA from 1996 to 1999. Those women have chosen to remain anonymous, and Bialek’s description is by far the most explicit accusation to date.

As he has with the prior accusations, Cain on Monday denied any wrongdoing. In a statement, his campaign highlighted the involvement of Allred, an attorney who has represented many celebrities and supported feminist causes, and called the accusations a distraction.

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