Former boyfriend of Cain accuser to come forward Monday
November 14th, 2011
11:02 AM ET
3 years ago

Former boyfriend of Cain accuser to come forward Monday

Washington (CNN) - A former boyfriend of Herman Cain accuser Sharon Bialek will hold a news conference on Monday, attorney Gloria Allred announced.

Allred is representing Bialek, who accused Cain of inappropriate behavior when he was CEO and president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Bialek was the first accuser to reveal her identity when she held a news conference last Monday and gave details of what she described as Cain touching her inappropriately when she sought his help in finding a job after she was laid off from her job with the association's education foundation.

After she came to Washington to meet with Cain, Bialek said they went out to dinner and the groping incident took place in a car ride afterward.

"He also grabbed my head and brought it towards his crotch," Bialek told reporters last Monday. "I was very, very surprised and very shocked. I said, what are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend. This isn't what I came here for. Mr. Cain said, 'You want a job, right?' I asked him to stop, and he did."

In a press release Monday, Allred said the former boyfriend, who is now a pediatrician, "met Mr. Cain with Bialek and she told him that Cain had engaged in inappropriate touching of her shortly after the alleged incident took place."

During last week's news conference, Allred showed affidavits from two corroborating witnesses, including a former boyfriend, who had been told of the alleged incident at the time but who were withholding their identities.

Bialek's former boyfriend is scheduled to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Monday in Shreveport, Louisiana.

After Bialek made her accusations, Cain rebutted them in his own news conference.

"I have never acted inappropriately with anyone, period," Cain said. He said he watched Bialek's news conference and "my first response in my mind and reaction was, I don't even know who this woman is. Secondly, I didn't recognize the name at all."

Cain said of Bialek's allegations, "They simply didn't happen. They simply did not happen."

A second accuser, Karen Kraushaar, last week also talked publicly about her accusations after some media reported her identity.

Kraushaar and her attorney were trying to arrange a news conference with the four women who have made allegations against Cain, but they failed to reach the two accusers who have remained anonymous and as of now no event is planned.

While Cain's unfavorability rating among Republicans has risen in recent polls, he is still at or near the top of national surveys when asked who they would like to see as the GOP presidential nominee. His base of conservative supporters seemingly has not been deterred by the controversy as Cain has lashed out at the media for its coverage of the story. His campaign says it has raised $2.5 million since the story broke - almost as much as he brought in during the third quarter of fundraising going from July 1 to September 30.

"The American people deserve better than someone being tried in the court of public opinion based on unfounded accusations," Cain said during Wednesday's CNBC debate. "I value my character and my integrity more than anything else. And for every one person that comes forward with a false accusation, there are probably, there are thousands who would say none of that sort of activity ever came from Herman Cain."

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Ayeni Chris

    Someone somewhere want to nail Cain.

    November 14, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    "His base of conservative supporters seemingly has not been deterred by the controversy as Cain has lashed out at the media for its coverage of the story."
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    of course. It's the GOP boogey-man, the media's fault. They are so pathetic it's not funny.

    November 14, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. TIGER2

    You can't prove either side since it's all based on hearsay, so Cain should stick to his story. However, I believe that where there is smoke there's fire, and Cain is smoking right now. He should at least acknowledge some of the facts from the 2 ladies who filed formal complaints against him. Eventually, all of the details are going to come out, and it will be too late for him. Cain amateur hour at it's finest. What kind of so-called experts is he workng with?

    November 14, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Please make it stop!! Liberals and their State Run Media (CNN, CNBC, New York Times etc.) Continue their unrelenting attacks! Gloria AllRED and an ex-boyfriend? Seriously?? What happened to the 4/5-women Press Conference? All this because Herman Cain doesn't march to the Liberal-Democrat step-and-fetch-it mantra! A successful Black Conservative? We must destroy him like we tried to do with Sarah Palin. Why? Because Blacks and Women should be Democrats! Disgusting example of why Americans will vote slimy Liberals out of office next year and Liberal media audiences are at all-time lows!

    November 14, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. ted

    What is amazing is that Gloria Cain came out and said none of this squares with what she knows about her husband. Well, Gloria, there are aspects of your husband you have no clue about and apparently this is something he has been hiding from you in what you think is your transparent marriage which is actually opaque. I have no opinion either way. But you, Gloria, need to step back and just for a few minutes consider what a man, who gets all the executive power he wants, does with it. It is unfortunate for your marriage that Herman may actually have done this.
    For everyone else, why are you thinking this whole thing has its basis with the liberals? I believe its genesis is within the GOP to knock this guy off his game so that he doesn't gain or beat Romney or Gingrich or Perry. Liberals are only watching right now as the guy or gal who gets the nod will be who we go after, but that is months away.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 14, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Lynne

    Keith in Austin how to you reconcile the fact that Mr. Cain says he never treated anyone inappropriately then called Representative Nancy Pelosi "Princess"? How is that respectful in any way shape or form???? That has nothing to do with anyone's race or party affiliation! That has to do with a man thinking that because he has a penis he is better than a woman!

    Yes, I know Mr. Cain's is bigger than mine! He has an outtie and I have an innie! Get over it! That does not give him the right to be so disrespectful!

    November 14, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Kenneth Close

    A boy friend of the girl????????? Is Allred trying this on TV and When did my TV set become Her Court Room. Get the accuser's and have the show done in court , " It is called Innocent before proven guilty Allred."

    November 14, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. John

    Jesus !!!! This guy still up there in the poles? Really? This is what we want? An abusive and dishonest President? And all these Rewpubs have to say is that it is raciism. COme on!!!!

    I stay with Obama ladies and gentelemen!!!!

    November 14, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. John

    One or two allegations OK but four? There is something wrong with this guy!!!!

    November 14, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Herb and Sarah destroyed themselves. What kind of material do you read, and u bekka bekka stan are things that only Fox would hide.

    November 14, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. ALPHA

    Yep the Liberal media types are going nuts trying...anything...to get some dirt on this conservative black man. He is a successful, intelligent man that is far more equiped to run...well to run anything, than the current President. I can not wait for Nov 2012, to boot these bums out of MY house.

    November 14, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. cigarman

    How is that touchy, feely thing working out for you Herb or Herman, whichecer name Bachman is calling you today?

    November 14, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. JWR

    The bottom line is that Herman Cain is not qualified to hold any political office, PERIOD.

    November 14, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. ALPHA

    Wire Palladin:
    "real Americans are moving the country forward". Please explain how the country has "moved forward" recently. Is it the rising unemployment rate? Is it the high cost of living? Is it our EPA regulations that drive businesses out of our country? Is it this administrations "donation" of my hard earned tax dollars to the bankrupt Solindra?

    Please enlighten me, I must have missed the moving forward stuff you refer to.

    November 14, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. normajean @ verizon ,com

    As someone who has been there, I know that going public on a story like this is difficult for the woman with nothing to gain but the public denials. When there is more than one claim however, it should be taken seriously. Mr. cain has shown NO anger which would be a normal reaction....He just arrogantly grins and denys.!!!

    November 14, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Maggie53

    Why do we as a people try to destroy another human being's life by falsely accusing them of an incident that never happened. If this incident really happened and this man who was suppose to be her boyfriend at this time, why did he not encourage her to go to the poilice this with complaint. Why wait until Mr. Cain is running for the GOP candidate for the presidency to come out of his hole to make these false accusations. Maybe his practice is not making enough money so he wants to make some easy money to live more confortably. If this incident was true and he really is a man why did it take him 14 years to come forward with these accusations. I wonder what party he supports? These kinds of people are just trash and I think when they make these false accusation against innocent pople they should be criminally charged and put in prison for trying to wreck another person's life. CAIN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012. Time for Obama to get voted out!!!!!!

    November 14, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. CTF

    Thank you Alpha!!!...The only reason Dems are sticking by Obama is because there is no other choice for their party. Is there really an argument why he should be president again? I think you would have to dig pretty deep to find anything with substance.

    Any GOP nominee but Obama 2012

    November 14, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "And for every one person that comes forward with a false accusation, there are probably, there are thousands who would say none of that sort of activity ever came from Herman Cain."

    And for every baby I've eaten, there are 7 billion living people on the planet I didn't eat. What kind of excuse is that? And of course the MSM just lets him get away with it. Disgusting.

    November 14, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "If this incident really happened and this man who was suppose to be her boyfriend at this time, why did he not encourage her to go to the poilice this with complaint. Why wait until Mr. Cain is running for the GOP candidate for the presidency to come out of his hole to make these false accusations."

    Go Google yourself some studies about how humiliating and degrading it is for women who bring those kinds of acusations, especially when some rich CEO and his company decides that hiring a private investigator to look into her private sex life is a good idea, so they make her look like a promiscuous wh-re in front of the jury in hopes they can shift the blame to the victim in the jurors minds.

    November 14, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Vi

    There has been far too much coverage of Cain and the allegations against him. He won't be nominated because his 9-9-9 is unpopular. The media circus surrounding this political candidate is very much beside the point.

    November 14, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. laurice

    These comments are overly ridiculous. That's right blame current administration for everything. SMDH. Some people just don't have a clue. I forgot he should have waved the magic wand. OBAMA2012

    November 14, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    I wonder when Gloria Cain learned about the signed and paid settlements from a decade ago. Mr. Cain can blame liberals, Democrats, MSM, and everyone else on his hate list for releasing this story all he wants. Considering the fact that he polls very poorly in a head-to-head with Obama compared to the other candidates, probably means the Obama campaign would prefer anyone but Romney, too.

    I like watching Cain dig his own demise. The *fact* there were not one, but two settlements speaks volumes.

    November 14, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Maggie53 asked:

    Why do we as a people try to destroy another human being's life by falsely accusing them of an incident that never happened?
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    Something happened. The *fact* there were not one, but two settlements speaks volumes.

    November 14, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Albert

    I don't understand Herman Cain. If he is really innocent as he claimed, why not release the documents for the settlements from the Association of Resturant? He just kept saying he could not remeber what were these settlements about and he just keep denying the accusations. Somthing is fishy here.

    November 14, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |