November 4th, 2011
04:17 PM ET
2 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. Sniffit

    "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"

    No way. I will NEVER believe Jusin Beiber made the nook nook...

    ...with a woman....

    November 4, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Molly

    The National Restaurant Association verified that they investigated this claim and obviously found the facts to be relevant since they paid out thousands of dollars! Any organization would not pay out this type of money without some reason. The claim was filed in July of 1999 and settled in September of 1999. They obviously investigated the allegations and found them to be legitimate so they agreed to pay her.

    I DO NOT BLAME her for wanting to remain private. Her attorney has reported receiving obscene phone calls and emails. Why would she want to subject herself to that?

    November 4, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    This stuff is pretty irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. The important news today as that Mr. KochCain embraced his kinship with the Koch brothers. That's all you need to know. A vote for KochCain is a vote to return to the 1800s.

    November 4, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Corey

    I always laugh at the people calling Herman Cain stupid..... did you not see he is a mathematics major? That means he has a degree in logical thinking.

    Did you notice he was a rocket scientist for the Navy??? Did you know he was an economist for Kemp?

    Oh you didn't know that, you just thought he was a pizza delivery boy right?... LMAO, President Citizen, Cain.

    I like the sound of that.

    November 4, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Rob327

    @Anonymous – really! you coward going the false allegations route. What evidence to you have that outweighs that something did happen, especially with others making claims and witnesses?

    November 4, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Tony who want to be a plumber

    When it's all said and done, there's nothing more to say or do..... She see no value because no media outlet would be the $$ for a first interview. It's all about the money people 99% or 1% money runs things. Sadly there are people who are wrongly accused and people who are harassed and not believed. In the end everyone gets screwed...

    November 4, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. marlene

    This was only one of the women. What about the OTHER women that also received a settlement. All we seem to hear about is this one women. I want to know about this second women and hear from the third women who did not file charges. But,,, again,,, something is fishy that no one seems to care about the second women who ALSO got a settlement!

    November 4, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "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? "

    What's hard for us to wrap our heads around is that you seem to think that the company, which would have been a defendant in her suit if she had sued, can somehow make an objective, honest, unbiased determination that her claims were "baseless" and then pay her more than a full year's salary as a SETTLEMENT (it was NOT severance)...and that it somehow absolves Cain of everything regarding the whole matter. I know that's not the answer you want to hear, because it points out how irrational YOUR position is, but there it is.

    November 4, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Rick01

    Doesn't want to go Public??????? Now I really wonder if this was really all make be-leave. Another smear campaign at it's best.

    November 4, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I just hope Dan Rather doesn't end up getting fired over this story."

    He's still "with us"? I thought they froze him or something.

    November 4, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Dixie

    Cain tries to slant the facts . . . "I never did this". The harassment happened in more than one instance. Large sums were paid in settlements. He blames the press, Perry, and whom ever. Not himself. And yet, he's still pulling in the bucks. What kind of people are donating to this unqualified person?

    November 4, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. bobden

    If it was 'nothing', then why the settlement? The women didn't bring it up. Who did? Another repub.

    The cain trolls are out in force.

    November 4, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. M

    When will clown Cain realize its over for him whether the women come forward or not. He has no idea about anything and wants to be Prez – his China commnets show how little he knows about anything -did he forget to read that page during his recent cramming sessions? His tax plan is a total joke – this is another GOP Idiot falling all over himself...EXCUSE ME! dumb a**

    November 4, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Standford

    No wonder they are afraid to come forward; they have already been called liars and bimbos in comments here. They have been subjected to death threats in conservative blogs. I think Herman Cain’s followers need to be reminded of the definition of a cult:
    • Authoritarian, charismatic leader.
    • Indoctrination of followers with unrealistic views or beliefs
    • Followers display obsessive devotion and refuse to listen to facts or other points of view.

    Will the plies of cash Herman Cain is raking in from his followers go straight to payoffs or will some be saved for the future payoffs and profit?

    November 4, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    And let's get real here:

    Of course NRA is going to tell threaten her into silence...which party do you think a giant conglomerate type organization representing giant restaurant industry oligarchs is going to support?

    November 4, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "She see no value because no media outlet would be the $$ for a first interview. "

    She see no value because no media outlet would be the $$ for her legal fees when NRA sued her for breaking the confidentiality clause in the settlement agreement.

    Fixed.

    November 4, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. fedup99

    Hey Ed! It isnt what you hatefully call "liberals" doing this. You republicans are turning on each other and eating your own young. Get over yourself fool.

    November 4, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. The GOP Loves Pervs!!!

    Well, it's obvious he's another "family values" GOP perv-meister!!

    Vote GOP if you love pervs too! (the non-consensual, assaulting sort)

    November 4, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. EnochPeter

    I love it when the conservative simpletons compare this to Clinton's indiscretion. With Clinton, it was consensual. Cain is obviously a predator. But you same self-righteous pinhead conservatives that were calling for Clinton's head because he didn't measure up to your moral standards are rushing to the defense of a lying pig who PREYS on women. THAT is the true measure of your morality. Disgusting!

    November 4, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. ram111

    A lot of people (mostly men, but women, too) make remarks in the work place that some would consider inappropriate. Some are more obvious than others. I think a lot of women realize they have to have somewhat of a thin skin at times and can't be soooo picky about every comment they may hear. However, when someone makes repeatedly inappropriate comments and shows a pattern of making people feel uncomfortable, you have to be a little concerned. It sounds like, especially from the report quoting that political consultant from Oklahoma (Chris Wilson), that it DID happen, that several people witnessed it, and that it was inappropriate. I saw a colleague slap a female student on the rump once – I'm sure he thought it was cute, but the student didn't like it at all – she said it made her feel like cattle. But she didn't formally complain and nothing ever came of it. It happens all the time. Women are used to it. But the higher up you climb or try to climb on the "ladder to success and/or power" the more these things have a way of catching up to you. Just from the fact that his campaign had 10 days to prepare before the first report of this came out and obviously didn't take it seriously says something to me. A lot of men just don't take this type of behavior toward women seriously. Period. That's not who I want governing the country. How you treat people says a lot about your character.

    November 4, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Navy Vet

    Rob – there are many US warships in the Persian gulf 24/7 for the last 20 years. We rotate them in and out year round.

    November 4, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Delle Jambo Jr.

    Why would anybody try to put down or denigrade Herman Caim's lofty achievement? It is no longer the 'in-thing' to talk about . Gossips do not pay in this age of positive achievers!

    November 4, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Ridge

    You guys(CNN) are giving this Cain thing way to much airtime. It's just political bs. Please tell me there is something more news worthy in the world. I'm changing the channel.

    November 4, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Doesn't want to go Public??????? Now I really wonder if this was really all make be-leave. Another smear campaign at it's best."

    Cain's other option is to sue Politico and let the "facts" come out in a court of law. While he is purportedly "considering" this option, I highly doubt he really wants the truth ... as it was in 1999 ... fully known.

    November 4, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. basketcase

    @Sniffit- Nobody is threatening her into silence. She already signed a confidentiality agreement, and would've been breaking it by discussing the issue publicly.

    November 4, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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