Sharon Bialek (left) speaks with lawyer Gloria Allred at her side during a news conference in New York on Monday. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images.
Sharon Bialek, who sought GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s help in 1997 when she was looking for a job, said Monday that he made inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances, allegations that Cain has denied.
Cain’s campaign issued a statement Monday, saying in part, “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.”
Bialek worked for the National Restaurant Association in the mid-1990s. She made her accusations public Monday in a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred, where she recounted the incident. According to Politico:
When she arrived in Washington to meet Cain, she found he had upgraded her hotel suite. Cain took her to dinner, then took her over to see the National Restaurant Association headquarters. But Cain stopped the car outside the group’s office and put his hand on her leg beneath her skirt, she said.
Bialek says she told Cain at the time: “What are you doing, you know I have a boyfriend, this isn’t what I came here for.” Bialek said Cain said, “You want a job don’t you?”
In an interview with Judy Woodruff last week, Cain said that earlier allegations that he sexually harassed two women were “baffling” and, that in his opinion, his behavior had not been inappropriate:
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We’ll have more on the first publicly identified accuser on Monday’s NewsHour.