November 8th, 2011
05:17 PM ET
7 years ago

Cain rejects latest allegations of sexual harassment

Washington (CNN) - Herman Cain on Tuesday vehemently denied all sexual harassment allegations against him and said he had no memory of the first accuser to publicly describe claimed misconduct by the Republican presidential hopeful.

"They simply didn't happen. They simply did not happen," Cain insisted of the accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior, and at least one incident of alleged sexual groping, when he was head of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999.


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  1. David

    This is proof that black people aren't "brainwashed", Cain. We just know an embarrassing scoundrel when we see one.
    We are smart enough to vote for character, which you and the republicans show no signs of having. Cain should quit while he is ahead before he makes an even bigger fool of himself. OBAMA 2012!

    November 8, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Debbie

    Blame Yo Self, Cain. Liar.

    November 8, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Daniel @ Fort Bragg

    Won't submit to a polygraph unless there is a good reason...

    How about you're running for our nations highest office, and this would help to quiet your accusers if they are indeed lying.

    But, hey. It's not like that's an important reason, or anything.

    November 8, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Jen

    yeah right, Cain.

    November 8, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Hey Now!

    If you don't think what you're doing is wrong, you won't be able to see it as what it is. Cain has cane problems.

    November 8, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Tisha

    "Brainwashed" Cain my fool white people, but he's not fooling us.

    November 8, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Bookenz

    I believed her.

    November 8, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. sf

    Someone sounds like he's been Your tune has changed Mr. dumbA$$ cain...and did you notice how his eyes kept blinking? isn't that a sign of someone who is lying?

    November 8, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. GeorgeGray

    I don't believe the story that Cain compared the height of his mark with that of his wife. Why then, after this innocent gesture, did the woman go directly to the General Counsel?

    November 8, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Excuse_me

    Did you Axelrod in the background with the women's lawyer?

    November 8, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Uh huh

    Race is irrelevant here. Just another lying horndog politician.

    November 8, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Seattlenative

    Herman Cain's press conference performance was unconvincing. He has been receiving very bad advice from his consulting team.

    November 8, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    Quit lying and BLAME YO'SELF.

    November 8, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Tisha

    "Brainwashed" Cain may fool white people, but he's not fooling us.

    November 8, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. qubee

    In watching this "rebuttal", the one phrase that comes to my mind is, ..."are you kidding me?" I guess Mr. Cain feels that a lot of us were born yesterday.

    November 8, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. apple pie

    I finally understand the GOP jobs demonstrated by our GOP darling, Herman. Go down on the Job Creators and do a job to get a job. Got it. Let's roll.

    November 8, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Namejkane

    Hay, if he doesn't remember it he must be gettin senile, and we can't have a total nitwit for a pres. Your out.

    November 8, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    If she were the only one.
    If she had taken money to tell her story.
    If she were a Democrat.
    If no one had been taken seriously enough to buy off.
    If, IF, IF

    He's lying, just like President Clinton and Congressman Weiner did.

    November 8, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Jules

    Everybody is a liar but Cain. Really. This last accuser sure sounded like she had been there to me. Now perhaps Cain has convinced himself that was not inapporpriate behavior, which just goes to show he is delusional. 21% of the GOP still support him for the nomination? 21% of the GOP are also delusional.

    November 8, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. The Greedy Old Pigs are INSANE!

    At least four women say differently.

    November 8, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Excuse_me

    Stop the presses.... News just in... Lairs Club in Government, president Anthony Weiner has called a press conference. Wants to tell everyone he may have been in the car with Cain and this women. But didn't want to admit it until he is te elected into office and had a chance to speak to his vice president Bill Clinton. Since she was wearing a blue dress like Monica.

    November 8, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. SecedingfromTexas

    For somebody that "doesn't remember" much, he certainly had the height comparison episode locked in his head,
    even down to remembering "the door was open".

    November 8, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. LegendRx

    "EXCUSE ME, EXCUSE ME", My wife said, 'that dosen't sound like something you would do" I know Cain, you would first put her in a choke hold! LOL!

    November 8, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Job

    If he says he has never done this, why did his company arrange settlement with his accusers? STOP lying,… if you want our vote just tell us the truth,...NOT…. You did it didn’t you??

    November 8, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Dorothy

    Why aren't any of your reporters asking Herman Cain why he hasn't met with his former counsel to refresh his memory about the charges made by the woman who received a severance package (right). He keeps saying he doesn't recall – well, Herman, be honest. You could haven found out this information immediately. Also, who performed the investigation and found the charges "baseless." He never said whether there was an investigation where he was questioned. Otherwise, the "investigation" is a farce. As a woman, I am insulted that he has dismissed these 4 women as liars when he can even remember what the allegation was. He won't win the nomination anyway. Too much baggage and too many women accusing him.

    November 8, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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