Friend of Cain accuser recounts allegations
November 8th, 2011
01:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Friend of Cain accuser recounts allegations

(CNN) - A longtime friend of one of Herman Cain's unnamed accusers tells CNN that Cain dangled a job promotion in front of the accuser at the same time he "made her very uncomfortable" with sexual "innuendo and overtures."

This woman told CNN she spoke extensively with her friend about Cain's conduct in 1998 at the time the accuser was allegedly being harassed by Cain while they both worked at the National Restaurant Association.

Cain has vehemently denied committing sexual harassment while he headed the association.

The friend tells CNN the accuser would sometimes "come home in tears, and it would all come pouring out how upset she was."

The friend, who recounted her conversations with the accuser during a telephone interview with CNN on Tuesday, asked that her name not be used because the accuser has decided not to come forward publicly and revealing her name could help identity the accuser.

According to the friend, the accuser worked in government relations for the restaurant association at the time of the incidents. Her friend described it as "well-known" in 1998 that Cain behaved badly. This friend recalls that the accuser only got up the nerve to talk to superiors about Cain after someone else had.

"When one started complaining, it helped the others," this woman says. "There definitely was somebody else [who had experienced the same behavior], and it led her to speak up."

At one point, the friend recounts, "They [association members] went to a conference in Chicago and I remember her coming back and mentioning some things that he had said, along with the innuendo of job promotion." In the end, the friend adds, the woman did not get the promotion. "I think she was up for something and didn't get it," she said, adding that her friend worried it was because she had rebuffed Cain.

Eventually, the Cain accuser went to her bosses and explained what was going on, the friend said.

"She didn't want to leave her job," her friend recalls. "They gave her options. They offered her money. She didn't ask for money. It seems like the Restaurant Association was saying, 'Let's get control of this.' "

Ultimately, the friend said, the accuser accepted a settlement offer from the National Restaurant Association and left her job.


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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. v_mag

    Dean and Kenneth the VI exhibit typical right wing reactions to unpleasant facts. Firstly, deny. Then say something totally wrong and off topic. Then try to alter the facts and threaten a frivolous lawsuit. Above all, blame the victim.

    The non-disclosure agreement was signed after the victim confided in her friend, and the agreement didn't apply retroactively. And Politico tracked down the story. The victim didn't go to the newspaper.

    This one is going to be extremely difficult for the wingnuts to spin, since there are so many sources. Herman Cain is a lost cause for the wingnuts, and continued efforts to prop him up only make them look sillier, more gullible, more partisan, and more un-American.

    November 8, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. charlie

    Answer the charges cain...you do want a job ,right?

    November 8, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. cardog

    In response to Dean....To let you tell it my friend, President Obama has no love for his country, especially as you do. To let you tell, President Obam is on a direct course of destroying America.
    If you could, tell us what era of America you would like for the Tea Party & their political arm, the Teapublicant Party, to take us BACK to?
    In the event you did not get the memo, here's a news flash for you: Barak Obama will be re-elected to a second term as President of the United States. In as simple a manner as I can, let me tell you why:
    1) The Never Ending Parade of Stupid on display for the Teapublicant nomination cannot defeat this President, even with all the baggage you people handed him on elction day
    2) Most of America is awake for a change and the right had better be prepared for a turn around come November 2012.

    November 8, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. David in Houston

    Dean, Dean, Dean...utterly ridiculous.

    November 8, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Oldie in TampaBay

    b4 it is all over .. I imagine that there will be alot MORE telling all about Cain. If he thinks the scrutiny is tuff NOW ... just wait. They'll dig and dig and dig .. might as well pack it in Herman. Your rise to the top is spiraling down .. FAST.

    November 8, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Mikey

    Idiots like Dean (the first post above) exemplify what is wrong with many conservatives today. Please don't vote with such fools.

    November 8, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Slim Goody

    Can't wasit to hear the explanations from Mr. Cain

    November 8, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Rickey

    I agree with the rest. Go finish working on your GED becuase clearly your lack of reasoning and thinking show you probably didn't get beyond the 2nd grade. Its uninformed people like you who continue to go out and vote against their won self interest. This situation has nothing to do with. I bet you were proud Focus of the Family gave the deadbeat dad congressment out of illinois an award as family many of the year yesterday. Unfortunately ignoramuses like you can't see the hypocrisy in stupidity in that.

    November 8, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Amelia

    Too many witnesses. Even if all of it isn't true, Republicans can't risk voting for Cain. The important thing right now is to find the guy who can beat Obama. Romney 2012!

    November 8, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. patriot

    I don't think Cain believes his attacks on these women were inappropiate. Cain still thinks China doesn't have nuclear weapons and that happened almsot fifty years ago! Republicans seem to discredit women without reason on all levels. Palin was loved by the GOP. Yet she was ignornat, uniformed, uneducated and a proven liar but that didn't bother the GOP because most of them are gross, old white men who liked her because she was "hot".

    November 8, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. The Other Michael in Houston

    Dean, Dean, Dean, what does this have to with the President??? I would hardly say a Harvard Law scholar is stupid. You on the other hand, well that's why GED's where created. Anyway back to Herm, so let's see, two women were paid off errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I mean given severence packages, not sure about the third other than there is a third, another woman came foward and claims you tried to use her private parts as a stress ball, and now another woman steps foward and claims you offered a job for freaky perks in exchange, not looking good for you. 15 minutes are up Herm, now who is next?

    November 8, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. JK

    Dean isn't the idiot, the idiots are the people who voted for Obama without checking into his Alinsky mentor or his background. Obama dumping his rich white girlfriend in NY because she "didn't fit the bill" for him to be able to get the black support to get into office someday. I can't believe how much people respond in a knee jerk reaction. Cain didn't have an affair with this person, all he is did was not give this woman a job after she hounded him. Isn't it just amazing how she ends up being a white blondie? Please, her story has so many holes I can feel the chill from here. Everyone that is balanced emotionally knows this story is utter crap. She felt she had to save face by making up this story to her friends at the time (if it even it happened at all) because she left empty handed. She has a big ego and a small brain.

    November 8, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. dorei

    so what He is a man and He is human be real people dont judge this man on His past that was said to happen in the 90's and people change stop the player haten and vote for Cain

    November 8, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Rickey

    Dean
    I agree with the rest. Go finish working on your GED becuase clearly your lack of reasoning and thinking show you probably didn't get beyond the 2nd grade. Its uninformed people like you who continue to go out and vote against their won self interest. This situation has nothing to do with. I bet you were proud Focus of the Family gave the deadbeat dad congressment out of illinois an award as family many of the year yesterday. Unfortunately ignoramuses like you can't see the hypocrisy in stupidity in that.

    November 8, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. DC Observer

    Garbage assassination time - AN unidentified anonymous friend of an unidentified anonymous person who claims she was harassed gets the story out conveniently through CNN, the Obama News Channel. This is yellow journalism and character assassination of the worst kind. No way to challenge no way to defend – This is not what this country needs.

    Nothing illegal done - no charges brought - no news of any kind until cain goes upin the polls - This stinks of partisan politics

    November 8, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. V in Chicago

    @Dean – You're the idiot!

    November 8, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. WhereIsPalin

    So, you wanna be my vice president, huh??

    November 8, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. gmh

    I am more interested in why Romney want admit his heathcare plan is very simular to the Obama plan. The President would had perferred a public option but went with the indivual mandate to satisfy the Republicans. Google Mark Pauly...find out about the indivual mandate.

    November 8, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Rickey

    Dean I agree with the rest. Go finish working on your GED becuase clearly your lack of reasoning and thinking show you probably didn't get beyond the 2nd grade. Its uninformed people like you who continue to go out and vote against their own self interest. This situation has nothing to do POTUS. I bet you were proud when Focus of the Family gave the deadbeat dad congressment out of illinois an award as family many of the year yesterday. Unfortunately ignoramuses like you can't see the hypocrisy in stupidity in that.

    November 8, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Tim

    Wow, a fiend of a friend. All the news that's fit to print.

    November 8, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Tim

    Obama gropped me and a friend of mine. And that friend's friend.

    November 8, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Just Saying

    @ Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Learn to read, you moron. She discussed the situation with a friend BEFORE she filed a complaint and BEFORE there was a settlement that included a confidentiality agreement. I know the TEA-tards and religious fundamentalists are all opposed to knowledge and science and reason, but surely even they realize that the victim could not go back in time to undo a conversation she had with a friend. Just Saying...

    November 8, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Lisa P

    Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    So, it appears that this person discussed the case with a third party in violation of the terms of the payment. She also went to the newspapers. This is out of control.....someone will be sued.
    November 8, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The third party states that the discussion occurred during the same time period as the harassment, which would mean it was prior to and confidentiality agreement between the accuser and the NRA. Suit dismissed. The NRA obviously should have done a better job of covering Herman Cain's tracks for him by paying off all the accuser's friends and any witnesses to the incident(s).

    Still think there is nothing to this? With all his vehement denials I'm starting to think that Cain, like most of the GOP candidates, has a reality problem. The evidence just keeps on stacking up against his version of events (i.e., that there weren't any). Yeah, right, Herman. Whatever you say.

    November 8, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. The Other Dale

    Got to say, this has definitely gone bast the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas stage. We're not talking one person who reported something and then it was forgotten for years; we're talking now of two cases where money was paid to keep their stories silent (and then Cain blowing that by acting smug and TALKING about them), two more where the women have come forward to talk of their own experiences, more and more witnesses (namely Republicans) who can collaborate the stories, Cain changing his story every day and now refusing to even talk about it (because he keeps putting his foot in his mouth by lying) and the NRA standing there with egg on its face not sure what to do.

    The sad thing isn't that Cain is history – he was too much of an idiot before this stuff came out to ever make it – but that people still want to think he's somehow being dumped on when it was Cain himself that made this mess.

    November 8, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Tree

    I Think this happen because Cain is a fool. But way did she wait 14 years?????????????????

    November 8, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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