November 4th, 2011
04:17 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Cain accuser won't go public

Washington (CNN) – One of the women who accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of sexual harassment released a statement through her lawyer Friday stating that she "stands by" her complaint, which was made "in good faith about a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances."

There was "more than one incident" of harassment involving Cain and his client over the span of a couple of months in 1999, attorney Joel Bennett said.

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  1. TJ

    The Accuser is probably afraid of the ramifications ............I just want Cain finally EXPOSED

    November 4, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Kareen

    Cain can babble on that it was nothing and she can't speak? This is justice?

    November 4, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Andrew

    He is toast, but she is a coward to bring the issue up without seeing it through. How convenient to drop a bomb and walk away. Cowardly!

    November 4, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    She thought about it and realized maybe that she was being petty and maybe this isn't the best time for her 15 minutes of fame. Or maybe she realized that the lawyer was trying too hard for his own 15 minutes? In any event, it was probably a good decision. Go away.

    November 4, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. angela

    Cain you dirty old man.

    November 4, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. AW

    So they tried making up some dirt on Herman, got called out on it, and now are taking steps to make it disappear.

    Cain: 1
    Left-wing mud-slinging machine: 0

    November 4, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. RLA

    Wow - The journalism that brought us this story has hit bottom - They have nothing and in my opinion it shows the bias of the media and the dirty tricks of someone. Why not investigate that???

    November 4, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. genek1953

    The NRA's statement says that Cain denied the complaint at the time. This means that somewhere in the NRA's files on the incident there will be the woman's complaint in her own words and Cain's denial in his own works. Rather than have people making sound bites and relating questionable recollections, the best thing to do would be to release both with names redacted and let everyone see for themselves what both parties said at the time.

    November 4, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. dj

    Compare Cain to Clinton and this aint no big deal. Let's git on down the road.b

    November 4, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Awnald S.

    Bennett said his client sees "no value" in revisiting the issue now

    ummmm......

    November 4, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Awnald S.

    Let off some steam, Bennett....

    November 4, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. John Q

    It's dead Jim.

    If nobody will come forward and explain exactly what Cain did wrong, then there's no story.

    You can't hold someone responsible for "a generic charge by an anonymous source".

    There's no there there.

    November 4, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. DH

    Obviously he is guilty of harassment, but that was over a decade ago. Does it really matter what he did in '99?

    November 4, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. angela

    Per Cain you're the same height as my wife however she doesn't have.....

    November 4, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. amac

    Hey CNN...... request a FOI of the actual complaint filed against Cain so we can learn exactly what he said/she said at the time.

    November 4, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. who cares

    happens all the time in Corp America....us gals get paid off more times then not for false acusations. I have personally seen it go down in my own company and with personal friends who were acused but their firm just paid because it was easier and cheaper. I love how the media jumped on this ....WHO CARES....no one cared when it was Clinton and that acutally happened for a fact....gross

    November 4, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "She thought about it and realized maybe that she was being petty and maybe this isn't the best time for her 15 minutes of fame."

    Or, more likely than anything else, NRA said "do it and we'll sue your pants off for breaching the confidentiality clause. Oops...did we say pants off?" The little that Bennet just stated was all the NRA was willing to allow to squeek by.

    But that's fine...this isn't the issue that's going to ruin George Jefferson...his campaign finance law illegalities will.

    November 4, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. judasknows

    i can see cain and the repubs harassing her once more to keep her mouth shut....that is the dirty politics known fron the GOP

    November 4, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Rick01

    "Bennett said his client sees "no value" in revisiting the issue now, but "stands by the complaint that she made."

    Let's move on folks nothing more here.

    November 4, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Dan5404

    It is enough for her to state that it was a series of inappropriate sexual advances. The media nor anyone else has to know the salacious details unless she wants to go through it all again, and she doesn't. However, the story just started if the second accuser or witnesses come forward.

    November 4, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Lauren

    It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant you people are. You'll side with Justin Bieber saying the girl accusing him of fathering her child is just out for his money and 15 minutes of fame, but when it comes to a man who might just beat out your precious Obama, it's clearly not the "poor woman's" fault. If she actually had a legitimate claim against him, she would come out and speak, without her idiot lawyer. But her claims were found BASELESS by the company and Cain was found INNOCENT. What about that is SO HARD for you all to wrap your head around? Cain said in the beginning that he would not fight anonymous claims – and that is perfectly fine! He ASKED the accusers to identify themselves and to come to him with the accusations so that he could clear it up. But did they? NO. They hid beneath the sheets and now that they have been called out as the LIARS they are, they don't want any more to do with it. GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON. Sheesh.

    November 4, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Voice of Reason

    Ah. They got to her. She's been paid off or threatened to the point where she'll remain anonymous (sort of).

    So Cain gets a pass on 1) chasing tail, and 2) lying about it to the American people. What he doesnt seem to get is that the speculation in absence of facts is probably WAY worse than the real facts. Why doesnt Cain simply tell us what exactly happened, and have this person (anonymously, if they want) confirm that version of events? I think everyone would be satisfied wth that. But the odds of that happening are basically nil.

    So – we know he lied. We know he paid someone off to cover it up. He never apologized for anything, and in fact has stated that he thought it was no big deal. This shows a real gap in moral judgement and no credibility as far as honesty with the public. The Cain campaign is dying to see this blow over, but we will remember it, and regarless of how the election turns out – he will always be seen as that philandering goon who could lie to the camera with a straight face.

    November 4, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. ward

    I What kukuCain is guilty of is lying. If he'd just admitted there was something going on in the past and that it was resolved instead of lying and lying and lying about it until he was finally forced to admit it – he'd be ok. But now he's just seen as a perverted old lying coot.

    November 4, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Larry

    Republicans. You have more important things to worry about.

    • Bush on steroids and twice as dumb – The illegal immigrant hugger. You people need a heart.
    • The anti-christ – The great flip flopper.
    • Herman Monster – The s e x offender.
    • Newt – The serial adulterer
    • Malibu Barbie – The migraine sufferer

    No wonder Obama’s approval is now 47%.

    Tea Party. You are out of options.

    November 4, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. DH

    America is nothing but a big business, and a struggling one at that. Wouldn't it be reasonable to put a past CEO of a company as president? America needs a CEO, that's the only way the economy will even moderately begin to turn around.

    November 4, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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