Cain Denies New Sexual Harassment Claims

By Lisa Lerer – Nov 7, 2011 3:08 PM ET

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain denied a former employee’s allegation that he groped her after she sought his help in finding a job in 1997.

Sharon Bialek, a single mother from Chicago, is the latest woman to accuse Cain of inappropriate sexual behavior while he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

Bialek, speaking at a news conference in New York, said Cain groped her after the restaurant association’s educational foundation had let her go and she sought his aid in finding a new job.

Cain, she told reporters, reached under the skirt of her suit for her genitals and pushed her head toward his crotch, after a dinner meeting to discuss her job search.

“You want a job, right?” Bialek said Cain told her when she questioned his behavior.

Cain, 65, has been dealing for the last week with fallout from sexual harassment allegations made against him in the 1990s when he headed the lobbying group. Bialek is the fourth woman to accuse the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO of sexually inappropriate behavior and the first to identify herself publicly.

“Come clean,” she urged Cain today, asking him to confess to any inappropriate conduct. “Admit what you did.”

‘Completely False’

As Bialek addressed reporters, the Cain campaign issued a denial dismissing the allegations as “completely false.”

“Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone,” said the statement.

Two other women who had worked at the restaurant association filed formal sexual harassment complaints against Cain and were paid settlements for their claims. Both women signed confidentiality agreements prohibiting them from discussing the details of the incidents.

Joel Bennett, a lawyer representing one of the women, said in a Nov. 5 statement to reporters that she complained about a “series of inappropriate behaviors” and “unwanted advances.”

A third woman told the Associated Press on Nov. 3 that she considered filing a complaint against Cain for what she considered aggressive behavior, including inviting her to his corporate apartment.

Bialek, identified as a Republican by her lawyer, Gloria Allred, said she first met Cain when she attended a company convention in 1997. After she was let go about a month later, she sought Cain out for help finding a new position. She said the two met for dinner in 1997 and that Cain offered to drive her to the group’s offices for a tour of the national headquarters.

‘Hand on My Leg’

“Instead of going into the offices, he suddenly reached over and he put his hand on my leg, under my skirt and reached for my genitals,” she said.

“He also grabbed my head and brought it towards his crotch,” she said, voice shaking.

Bialek said she asked Cain to stop, which he did. She said she didn’t file a sexual harassment complaint because she was no longer employed by the association.

“I’m coming forward to give a face and voice to those women who cannot or for whatever reason do not wish to come forward,” she said. on this story: Lisa Lerer in Washington at


Cain accuser in her own words

The lady had asked for Cain’s help in obtaining employment after having been fired from the restaurant association. 

She claims that he took her to dinner and inappropriately touched her leg and tried to move further up. 

She didn’t report it to the restaurant association because she did not work there. 

She says she spoke up to give a voice to the women who couldn’t or wouldn’t for whatever reason. 

She has no intentions of selling her story or filing any lawsuits. 

She implores Cain to be forthcoming and admit his improprieties. 

I believe the woman is going to regret having come forward, without substantiation no one will believe her.  

She is from Chicago.

Another Herman Cain Accuser Speaks

The allegations have not been confirmed by NBC News.

Monday, Nov 7, 2011  |  Updated 2:07 PM ES

A woman who sought Herman Cain’s help getting a job several years ago says he was sexually inappropriate towards her.

Sharon Bialek held a news conference with celebrity attorney Gloria Allred in Manhattan on Monday.

“I want you, Mr Cain, to come clean — just admit what you did, admit you were inappropriate to people,” Bialek said.

The allegations have not been confirmed by NBC News.

A Cain spokesman said the allegations “are completely false. Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone,” the spokesman said.

Allred’s client is the first woman to go public with accusations that Cain has engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior, and the fourth to allege misconduct.

Cain has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and has called the accusations a “smear campaign” in the week since Politico reported that two women reportedly received financial settlements from the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s after accusing Cain of sexually inappropriate behavior while they were employed there.

A third woman told The Associated Press last week that she considered filing a workplace complaint against Cain over what she deemed sexually suggestive remarks and gestures that included a private invitation to his corporate apartment.

A former pollster for the restaurant association has said he witnessed yet another episode involving a fourth woman. It was unclear whether that woman is Allred’s client.The allegations have rocked Cain’s unorthodox presidential campaign just as he was riding high in public opinion polls two months before the leadoff Iowa presidential caucuses.

As the new accuser surfaced, Cain was in California for what his campaign said were private events and an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” as he works to stem the fallout of the string of allegations.

In response, Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon assailed Allred, calling her a major donor to Democrats who typically engages in self-promotion. He said the campaign would have more to say on the allegations later Monday.

Last week, Gordon predicted that Cain “could see other baseless allegations made against him as this appalling smear campaign continues.”

Federal Election Commission reports show that Allred gave $1,000 to Hillary Rodham Clinton and $2,300 to Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Allred has a syndicated television show, “We the People With Gloria Allred,” that airs on 4 New York.

Allred has represented several high-profile clients, including Amber Frey, a witness against convicted California killer Scott Peterson. Allred also represented a woman whom news reports accused of having an affair with golfer Tiger Woods.

“I consider sexual harassment the No. 1 problem in the workplace,” Allred told the AP in an interview last week. “It denies equal opportunity in the workforce. If (women) don’t protest it, they’ll have to continue to suffer.”

Cain accusser breaks her silence

Cain supporters continue to call these “allegations”, they ceased to be allegations when the facts came out that they were  true.  Cain has blamed the media and everyone else for keeping this story alive when in fact it was his lying initially that is keeping it alive.  Mr. Cain, you talk constantly about personal responsibility, try taking some.   I just wish this woman hadn’t picked, the ambulance chasing bitch Allred to represent her.

New Woman Accusing Herman Cain Of Sexual Harassment Hires Gloria Allred

Posted on Nov 07, 2011 @ 08:00AM

By Jen Heger,
Radar Legal Editor

A new woman alleging sexual harassment by presidential hopeful Herman Cain will break her silence at a news conference with her powerhouse attorney Gloria Allred Monday afternoon in New York City, is exclusively reporting.

The embattled GOP nominee has admitted that several women who worked at the National Restaurant Association during his tenure as president of the organization received settlements. Politico has reported that the settlements were given because of sexual harassment allegations.

The woman, who will be the first to go public on Monday, sought Cain’s help with an employment issue and was allegedly sexually harassed by him. Allred and her client will discuss, in detail, what she alleges occurred with Cain.

The Tea Party darling had hoped the scandal would die down, but that’s not happening. Once again, he clashed with reporters on Saturday night after a debate with Newt Gingrich. Cain refused to answer questions about the allegations, and said, “You see what I mean? I was gonna do something that my staff told me not to do and try to respond, okay? What I’m saying is this — we are getting back on message, end of story. Back on message. Read all of the other accounts. Read all of the other accounts where everything has been answered in the story. We’re getting back on message, okay?”

During Cain’s employment at the National Restaurant Association, which was from 1996-1999, two women accused him of sexual harassment, and both received financial settlements, according to Politico, which first broke the story. The women aren’t able to to discuss the matter publicly because of terms of the agreement.