Third Woman Accuses Cain of Sexual Harassment

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The AP is reporting that a third anonymous woman has surfaced, also accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment. Here’s the report:

A third former employee considered filing a workplace complaint against Herman Cain over what she considered aggressive and unwanted behavior when she and Cain, now a Republican presidential candidate, worked together during the late 1990s, the woman told The Associated Press on Wednesday. She said the behavior including a private invitation to his corporate apartment.

The woman said he made sexually suggestive remarks or gestures about the same time that two co-workers had settled separate harassment complaints against Cain, who was then the head of the National Restaurant Association.

She did not file a formal complaint because she began having fewer interactions with Cain, she said. Afterward, she learned that a co-worker — one of the two women whose accusations have rocked Cain’s campaign this week — had already done so. She said she would have had to file if they hadn’t.

The woman spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying she feared retaliation. She was located and approached by the AP as part of its investigation into harassment complaints against Cain that were disclosed in recent days and have thrown his presidential campaign into turmoil. She said she was reluctant to describe the encounters she had with Cain when they worked together at the Washington-based restaurant trade group.

The employee described in conversations with the AP over several days situations in which she said Cain told her that he had confided to colleagues how attractive she was and invited her to his corporate apartment outside work.

His actions “were inappropriate, and it made me feel uncomfortable,” she said.

Cain’s campaign manager, Mark Block, replied, “No comment,” when he was asked Wednesday about the new allegations.

The AP confirmed that the employee worked at the restaurant association with Cain during the period in question, that she has no party affiliation in her voter registration in the past decade and is not identified as a donor in federal campaigns or local political campaigns. Records show she was registered as a Democrat at one point previously.

Though trying to project an image of campaign business as usual, Cain appeared frazzled at times Wednesday and couldn’t escape the questions that have dogged him since a published report Sunday night that at least two women had complained about his behavior while at the restaurant association and had been given financial settlements. The controversy has arisen two months before the leadoff Iowa caucuses and as polls show Cain at the head of the GOP field alongside former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

As the day began, Cain said, “There are factions that are trying to destroy me personally, as well as this campaign.” He didn’t say to whom he was referring, but he said “the voice of the people” is stronger.

Cain was supposed to take questions after a speech to health care professionals, but he ultimately refused and left the hotel through a back door.

“I’m here to visit with these doctors, and that’s what I’m going to talk about, so don’t even bother asking me all of these other questions that you all are curious about, OK? Don’t even bother,” a testy Cain told a throng of reporters.

When pressed about the week’s previous allegations, Cain raised his voice and said “What did I say? Excuse me. Excuse me!” as hotel security led him through a hallway jammed with journalists in a Washington suburb. “What part of ‘no’ don’t people understand?”

Meanwhile, another of Cain’s accusers appeared increasingly reluctant to speak publicly, though her lawyer took the first steps for her to do so. Attorney Joel P. Bennett contacted the association on Wednesday and asked it to release his client from the confidentiality arrangement she had agreed to so that she could talk openly about her allegations and respond to Cain’s assertion that her complaints were “totally baseless and totally false.”

Cain has declined to say whether he will ask his former employer to terminate confidentiality restrictions on the two women who accused him of sexual harassment in the 1990s while he was head of the trade group. Block said the campaign would address that question “when it’s appropriate.”

[…] Confidentiality agreements that commit both sides to silence are common in financial settlements of an employee’s sexual harassment claims, lawyers for management and employees said. Violating such an agreement can lead to a complaint in court and an order to pay damages, or at least the other side’s attorney’s fees, said Sarah Pierce Wimberly, a partner in the Atlanta office of the Ford and Harrison law firm.

[…] It’s not clear if Cain himself was part of the settlement or whether it just involved the association and the woman. But he almost certainly would be bound by is, as the association’s former president.

Over the past two days, Cain has acknowledged he knew of one agreement between the restaurant association and a woman who accused him of sexual harassment. He has said the woman initially asked for a large financial settlement but ultimately received two to three months’ pay as part of a separation agreement. Cain also acknowledged remembering one of the woman’s accusations against him, saying he stepped close to her to make a reference to her height and told her she was the same height as his wife.

He has said he is not aware of agreements or settlements with any other women, though Politico — which first disclosed the allegations — reported that the trade group had given settlements to at least two female employees who accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior.

In media interviews since the story broke Sunday, Cain has offered conflicting accounts of what happened during his tenure at the trade group in Washington. He later acknowledged knowing about one settlement but said he did not know how much was paid. The New York Times reported Tuesday that one payout was $35,000, equivalent to one year’s salary for one of the women.

The pressure on Cain only increased when a pillar of the GOP establishment suggested that the Georgia businessman should ask the association to waive the confidentiality agreements so that the woman can talk openly about her allegations.

“What are the facts?” asked Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on MSNBC. “If you have a confidentiality agreement that keeps the public from finding out something that the public is interested in knowing the facts, you ought to go on and get the facts out.” “Herman Cain’s interest is getting this behind him,” added Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman.

~Posted by Eowyn

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0 responses to “Third Woman Accuses Cain of Sexual Harassment

  1. This is getting serious, no matter if it’s true or not. Witch hunt or trying to expose to the truth, it obviously needs to be addressed as the SRM and Politico are on a mission. Whether that be to destroy Cain or deliver the truth. Course we know how concerned they’ve always been with exposing the truth…/
    As Dave said previously, why didn’t these charges come out during his Senate race campaign? Why? I’m thoroughly scratching my head over that.

  2. Interesting. Thank you for your legal insight into this, G!

  3. In these hyper-sensitive times, “inappropriate sexual behavior” could mean a wink in the direction of a female.
    I find it not a little curious that these people coming out now and claiming they witnessed Herman acting “inappropriately” all have ties to the democrats and two of the RINO candidates – one has a direct link to Rick Perry and another is a known Romney supporter.
    I am beginning to suspect this is a coordinated effort on the part of the RINO repube establishment to try and knock Herman out of the race.
    And as far as Herman’s memory goes, I have trouble remembering conversations I had last week, and as for thirteen years ago, I couldn’t even tell you what credit cards I was carrying.

  4. Look at what this coward had to say (who originally said this:
    Deace, who penned an opinion piece critical of Cain earlier this month, told POLITICO in an email that Cain said “awkward” and “inappropriate” things to the staff at his station. “Like awkward/inappropriate things he’s said to two females on my staff, that the fact the guy’s wife is never around…that’s almost always a warning flag to me,” Deace wrote. “But I chose to leave that stuff out [of the opinion piece] and make it about his record and not the personal stuff.”)

    • DCG – This Steve Deace is really getting alot of backlash too, over his statement(s)… Considering his conservative stance, I am a bit taken aback as well…

  5. All these red herrings have one thing in common. They are totally insignificant compared to the enormity of the imminent collapse of the monetarist system, and the drum beat for the confrontation with another Arab country, Syria, then on to Iran, which will not be well received by Russia China and India who are relatively stable compared to the USA and the Eurozone. The prospect of a third World War is so much more important than digging around in the dirt looking for sleaze. Why is the MSM headlining so much nonsense, the Globe and the National Enquirere are supposed to handle that stuff, and the rest of the media exists to bring us the actual “news”. The enemy is running out of plots, this sexual harrassment thing is really tired and old, the used car salesman teaming up with a DEA informant posing as a Zeta Gang Member to bomb someones restaurant, the supposed “cache” of nuclear materials in Syria, all are equally worn out and pitiful. The first President Bush and Dick Cheney brought us the war in Afganistan and the war in Iraq courtesy of the second President Bush, and now their ghosts are orchestrating the overthrow of entire regions of Africa and the near and middle East, crushing emerging economies, and are lurching towards the big boy’s economy’s, China, India and Russia.
    The speed at which the EU and USA monetarist system is falling apart, which will impact the entire planet’s economy, is very rapid. We have a window of opportunity in which to reinstate Glass Steagall and stop the bailouts and cancel the exotic instrumental debts once and for all.
    Our Constitution will carry us through and out of this REAL crisis.
    Once we get Article 1 Section 8 up and running again, the CRUCIALLY important matters of Herman Cain’s adventures in the real world as opposed to this fake world of pretending to be outraged by another sad story of misongengy, can be dealt with by anyone who has time, once the USA is back humming with wonderful projects and people making good wages, and living decent lives, which is what we should be doing, and we can still look forward to if we just pass THE RETURN TO PRUDENT BANKING ACT HR 1489 followed by the NEED ACT OF 2011 introduced by Denis Kucinich, get NASA back on it’s feet and activate the NAWAPA project for starters.

  6. Yep!


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