Another Woman Accuses Cain of Making Advances

Monday, November 07, 2011

Republican presidential contender Herman Cain addresses an audience at AEI(American Enterprise Institute) for Public Policy Research on October 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Speaking in a halting voice, a Chicago-area woman accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of making an unwanted sexual advance against her more than a decade ago, saying she wanted to provide "a face and a voice" to support other accusers who have so far remained anonymous.

Sharon Bialek told reporters Monday in New York that she met with Cain to ask about getting her old job back at the National Restaurant Association when the incident happened in Washington. At the time, Cain was chief of a restaurant trade group.

She said Cain reached under her skirt for her genitals and pushed her head toward his crotch in July 1997.

Bialek said that, when she asked Cain what he was doing, Cain said, "You want a job, right?"

She said she told Cain to stop, adding that he did. Bialek added she did not file a workplace complaint against Cain at the time because she was not employed.

Bialek appeared with her attorney, Gloria Allred, at a news conference in New York.

As if to blunt any attacks on her client's motives, Allred described Bialek as a registered Republican, and a woman with a long and successful work history.

"Come clean," Sharon Bialek challenged Cain, demanding he confess to any inappropriate behavior with her or other women.

Cain's campaign instantly issued a denial. "All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are false," it said. The campaign said Cain "has never harassed anyone" and is calling the latest allegations by Sharon Bialek "bogus attacks."

"Just as the country finally begins to refocus on our crippling $15 trillion national debt and the unacceptably high unemployment rate, now activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain," it said.

Cain had downplayed previous allegations of sexual harassment as anonymous attacks. He now has a woman who has come forward to directly accuse him of improper behavior.

Cain spent much of last week denying allegations by three women who remained anonymous. By the weekend, he said he would no longer respond to questions about allegations of sexual harassment.

"Don't even go there," he chastised some reporters who sought to question him Saturday night after a joint campaign appearance with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Bialek is the fourth woman to allege inappropriate sexual behavior by Cain and the first to go public.


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Comments [8]

markieMark from sunsetbaby

one final note:
if these allegations ARE true, this a classic quid pro quo type of sexual harassment - since he made it clear to her that her job was at stake. You want a job don't you?

Nov. 08 2011 09:13 AM
herb from herb

A politician that is not a saint.

Obama is the exception, ask the blind media. He attended a 'hate USA' church for 20 years. Does that count for anything?

Nov. 08 2011 08:55 AM
Russell Mehlman

Herman Cain's denial of sexual harassment of Sharon Bialek is disingenuous!!!

The definition of harassment is to annoy, or worry and impede, repeatedly, and persistently. And this not what she accused him of; because when she said NO! the first and only time, he stopped and never attempted to do it again.

Nov. 08 2011 08:51 AM
M from NYC

The world is crazy if we elect him for president. I am serious. This issue is bigger than assault.

Nov. 07 2011 07:49 PM
rrteach50 from Bellville Oh

I don't believe her. She was fired from the NRA 14 years ago, but no one mentions why. She is looking for her 10 minutes of fame by smeering Herman Cain, otherwise why go from Los Angles to Chicago and hire Gloria Allred for her attorney, and then plan on going on the tv news circuit. If she was legit, she would not have just asked what he was doing, but would have slapped him and called the authorities and filed sexual assualt charges.

Nov. 07 2011 07:11 PM

I guarantee if Ron Paul ever got close to winning the same thing would happen to him too. If they don't want you to win you won't win. Can we skip democracy theater and just get an emperor already. These elections just get more and more degrading.

Nov. 07 2011 05:02 PM
Howling Wolf from the Great Beyond

"Why do men go crazy when a woman wears her dress so tight?

Must be the same thing that makes a tom cat fight all night.

It's that same thing
It's that same thing

Whole world's crazy about that same thing...."

Nov. 07 2011 04:42 PM
SKV from NYC

Brave woman. Of course, it's the women who come forward in these situations who are the real victims of "high-tech lynchings." Good luck to her.

Nov. 07 2011 02:52 PM

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