By Philip Rucker, Sandhya Somashekhar and Nia-Malika Henderson, Updated: Monday, October 31, 11:55 AM
Herman Cainemphatically denied on Monday that he had ever sexually harassed anyone, calling allegations of harassment by two former employees “totally baseless and totally false.”
With the allegations threatening his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Cain acknowledged the accusations in an interview with Fox News Channel but said that he had “never sexually harassed anyone.”
LIVE VIDEO: Herman Cain speaks at National Press Club after sexual harassment allegations surface “I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association,” Cain said. He said that an investigation into the allegations found them to be “baseless.” He defended his integrity and suggested someone was putting a “cloud” over his campaign.“It is totally baseless and totally false,” Cain added. “Never have I committed any sort of sexual harassment.”Appearing that afternoon at the National Press Club, Cain strongly reiterated his stance that he had never sexually harassed anyone at the restaurant association or beforehand.“I would be delighted to clear the air,” he told the moderator in the question-and-answer session. “Number one, in all of my over 40 years of business experience, I have never sexually harassed anyone. Number two, while at the restaurant association, I was accused of sexual harassment, falsely accused I might add, and when the charges were brought, as the leader of the organization, I recused myself, and allowed my general counsel and human resources officer, to deal with the situation.————————————-
Now here are some excerpts on what he said previously…………………
Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon told POLITICO the candidate indicated to campaign officials that he was “vaguely familiar” with the charges and that the restaurant association’s general counsel had resolved the matter.
“He was vaguely familiar with it and wanted me to get with the [National Restaurant Association] lawyer who worked the case, Peter Kilgore. He said, ‘Just get with Peter Kilgore at the NRA.’ He remembered there was something vaguely, some allegation, but he wasn’t familiar with it.
So, he was only “vaguely familiar” 2 days ago but today he was well aware of it and “recused” himself.