Kraushaar attorney: Joint news conference likely
November 9th, 2011
06:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Kraushaar attorney: Joint news conference likely

Washington (CNN) - The attorney for Karen Kraushaar told reporters Wednesday evening it is likely but not certain a joint press conference will proceed with at least two women who have accused Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment.

Kraushaar, who has accused Cain of sexual harassment over an incident in the 1990s, and her attorney attempted Wednesday to organize a press conference with the three women who have made accusations against Cain, but attorney Joel Bennett said so far he and Kraushaar have not made contact with the two women who are remaining anonymous.

Bennett told CNN such a press conference is "a work in progress" and said attorney Gloria Allred indicated her client, Sharon Bialek, was interested in participating.

Earlier Wednesday Kraushaar, who came forward confirming she was one of the accusers after media reports identified her, issued a statement saying while she and Bennett have not heard from the other women, "We are still hopeful that they will have the courage to come forward, but we completely understand if they choose not to."

"Anyone should be able to report allegations of sexual harassment without fear that their lives and careers will be put on public display and laid open to public scrutiny," she went on to say in the statement.

Cain has repeatedly denied committing any sexual harassment. In a statement Wednesday, Cain's spokesman J.D. Gordon said: "There have been a number of interesting revelations that the public has learned about these women over the past few days. We hope the court of public opinion will take this into consideration as these women continue to try and keep this story alive."

Bennett told CNN in an interview Wednesday his client wants to speak about the alleged incidents because "she really feels she has to give the details to make it clear that her complaint was not baseless or a fabrication as Mr. Cain has stated in his press conference."

–CNN Producer Greg Clary contributed to this story.


Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. The Gift Horse

    A White woman vs a Black man, good-bye Herm.

    November 9, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Troops Support Paul

    I hope all the women will participate in this so we can stop hearing Cain lie, change stories, cast blame as a distraction, etc. on this. We need to get back to hearing him do the same, as he has done more and more as the campaign has progressed, on the issues, his positions and his "plans".

    November 9, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Bill in California

    I KNEW BILL CLINTON. And you sir are NO Bill Clinton. You'll have to do better than drumming up some decades old sexual harrassment claims to propel you to the presidency. Do you happen to know some White House interns??

    November 9, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. fernace

    Yes, these women should be able to come forward without the fear of reprecussions, but we are still a society that often vilifies the victims! The 2 who opted for a settlement probably also signed a confidentiality agreement & can't talk! After all this, Cain will not get the nomination! Obama is in for the next 4!!

    November 9, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. jacq

    Paul Mooney,someone needs to tap Cain on the shoulder and tell him what's about to happen.

    November 9, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. FedUp

    Will they take questions like Cain did, or will they run away like the other one did? Sorry, ladies. As far as I am concerned, you are just a little bit suspect with the timing, and settlements. Any proof – like a police report, or DNA? Of course not.

    November 9, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Larry L

    Speak up ladies. America needs to know what sort of person they support for President.

    November 9, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    The Mark Of Cain seems to like white women.

    November 9, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. Rich

    I wonder how many more girls were abused bu this pig...I hope they have all the girls involved.

    November 9, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Santa Fean

    Men in power do some bad things...almost always. Do you need a list? Look up Prescott Bush for a start...

    November 9, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. HotStilettos

    According to the "Hatch Act" Federal government employees are prohibited from participating in any type of political campaiging for any party under color of their Federal employee position. Karen Kraushaar is an employee for the Treasury Department and is using her position and this campaign issue for her personal gain in direct violation of the Hatch Act. Karen Kraushaar should be removed from Federal service for this violation per the Hatch Act. Her appearance of impropriety and actions shed a bias view of the Treasury Department who are required by law to remain neutral or maintian an appearance of neutrality. This is even more applicable to political appointees who are required to maintain the appearance of neutrality serving under the color of the Constitution and in a Federal position because regardless of who is elected, the Federal government is suppose to be for "the American people" and not for any one political party.

    November 9, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. lawrence

    I think Mr. Herman Cain should schedule to take the lie detector test ASAP before their joint conference. He probably needs to answer one question only. "Did you crave blondes?" A no answer that's recorded as truthful will definitely vindicate him.

    November 9, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. roscoe

    So, this leaves republican voters with the choice of whether they value truth and honor or whether they prefer the Koch brothers (all 3 of them). I think they'll pass on truth and honor.

    November 9, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Keith, US Citizen living in Canada

    Go get him ladies!

    November 9, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Like I have posted elsewhere on this site, I still find it amazing that these allegations from over 12 years ago are suddenly surfacing now that Cain has surpassed Perry in the Polls. As I have written elsewhere, this has Karl Rove's stink all over it.

    November 9, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. BB

    It will take another century for a woman to be president in USA, this flimsy accusations comes with a price.

    November 9, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. otermbachmann

    Thank you ladies, but rush poobaugh and other neocons will never let him be president.

    November 9, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. Bob

    I normally would say where there is smoke there is fire...but tons of facts here do not add up despite the media's horrible reporting just assuming the accusations are true.

    Fact 1: "Republican" Karen K. only has given money to Democrats and filed a frivolous claim at her job after leaving the NRA, including to whine about a work email. Fact 2: Bialek has a past history including false paternity claims and various lawsuits. Fact 3: The only harassment allegations come from Cain's work at one organization AND from around the same time. Not ONE from his many other workplaces; if he did it as much at the NRA as he is accused of, why are there no accusations anywhere else? Fact 4: A former NRA board member today said he was not aware of anything inappropriate done by Cain and did not believe he could do these things (a tidbit ignored by the media). Fact 5: Another witness said days ago that there was no harassment in one of the first scenarios based in a restaurant (a tidbit ignored by the media).

    As for the witness saying Cain and the lady met a few months ago...welcome to yesterday. That's not new at all.

    Cain said he didn't remember her last night, but frankly that doesn't prove anything. He talked to her at the event, but no doubt he talks to plenty of people.

    In fact, that seems to actually support Cain. Witnesses indicate she was quite happy talking to Cain, not seeming upset at all or "confronting" him as she claimed the other day.

    Bottom line: if Cain did these things, he should leave the race and be run out of town. But, so much stuff here really raises doubts as to the accusations.

    November 9, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  19. lsm

    Good luck to these women, if their allegations are true. It can't be easy. I just keep thinking about the pattern set by Clinton and John Edwards, echoed here by Cain: "I did NOT have sex with that woman!", "I didn't know her", "I would never do anything like that–it's just not me". Then the smear campaign on the woman. Then the proof, and ruined career except for Clinton; they didn't call him slick Willy for nothing (I respect his abilities, but not his moral compass). It's ugly business.

    November 9, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. Annie Rand

    Well, I hope for the sake of Mrs. Cain that at least one of the four women is black. Otherwise it's going to look like he's only attracted to blond white women, which must be hurtful for his wife.

    November 9, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  21. inrealityhere

    I wonder how these "ladies" who have made these false allegations would like it if someone made false allegations about them, or anyone in the media that continues with this charade. It's not surprising, though, that a decent man would be targeted. Can't have a conservative, black man for president now can we, Good grief; this country has gone so far down the tubes.

    November 9, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  22. no1atall

    @ J J Gordon: you san make subtle threats all you like; you guy is toast. And I'm sure you know that and already have your slimy bags packed.

    November 9, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  23. kat

    Please say why wait 15 years to ask why?

    November 10, 2011 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  24. EJ in Tacoma

    There is something wrong with the Republican party these days! The party that totes morality and conservative principles certainly does not seem to have a candidate that practices any kind of good judgment in my opinion. Why they would even give this man (a pizza chain CEO) the time of day is beyond my comprehension. Especially if the allegations of these women are true. What a parade of clowns this Party has I do not understand the logic behind parading these candidates that don't know how to debate nor do they understand the issues a President needs to be aware of. They all looked like buffoons in a side show; Perry had lapses of memory and Michelle Bachmann seemed like broken record to every question the same answer. The only one that seemed to have any form of substance( Huntsman) barely had opportunity to speak.
    I give up on the Republican party it's not the same party I use to respect.
    EJ in Tacoma

    November 10, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  25. John Draper

    Sorry, Ms. Kraushaar, in light of the recent revelations about you you're simply not credible. And of course, Ms. Bialek is probably the least believable woman in America right now. It's obvious she's in it for publicity and money.

    November 10, 2011 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
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