Lawyer for Cain accuser hopes to release statement Friday
November 3rd, 2011
09:12 PM ET
11 years ago

Lawyer for Cain accuser hopes to release statement Friday

Washington (CNN) - The lawyer for one of Herman Cain’s alleged accusers hopes on Friday to be able to release a one-page press release defending his client’s reputation.

The statement would rebut denials made by Cain, who has said any sexual harassment allegations made against him were groundless, according to attorney Joel Bennett.

Bennett has asked the National Restaurant Association to permit him to release the statement in his name to the press.

His client alleges she was sexually harassed by Cain while she was an employee at the association.

Bennett has said he must get the permission from the association because as part of a sexual harassment settlement reached, there is an existing confidentiality agreement barring all sides from speaking publicly.

If released, Bennett says the statement will not include his client’s identity because she is trying to “remain private.” She does not plan on making any public statements. She just wants “to set the record straight” and then move on with her life, Bennett says.

The draft of the statement given to the association, according to Bennett, is a summary of “what she did and why she did it.” But it will not include specifics about any incidents nor will it include the amount of the settlement.

Bennett’s client currently works in the communications department of a federal government agency and has held similar jobs previously.

The lawyer tells CNN in his discussions with the association and its counsel that no one has mentioned Cain by name. Both Bennett and Cain say Cain did not sign the agreement. Legal experts have said, though, that Cain would likely be covered by it even if he did not sign it because it would cover his actions.

Bennett tells CNN he expects to hear back from the counsel for the association sometime during business hours on Friday.

“We are currently reviewing the document, and we plan to respond tomorrow,” Sue Hensley, senior vice president for public affairs at the restaurant association, said in a statement Thursday.

The association could approve the release of the statement, suggest revisions or prevent any public comment due to the existing confidentiality agreement.

Cain has vehemently denied he committed any sexual harassment and has said the only agreement reached while he headed the group was one for termination of one employee. Bennett, however, insists his client reached an agreement to settle sexual harassment allegations against Cain.

Politico, which first reported the story, has said there were two agreements made by the association for female employees.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. jaded

    Republicans are angry because someone opened this can of worms. I say that we have a right to know what kind of people we may be voting for. We would have been much better off if someone had fully investigated Obama. There's a lot that we don't know about him, and we elected him anyway.

    November 3, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. xoxo

    liberal media

    November 3, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. kravitz

    He won't end this by Sunday. That's the real headline. It carries through next week, and through the next GOP debate.

    November 3, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Prez

    I don`t see any GOP candidates fit for governing this country, not even on the horizon. I see Barack Obama another 4 years because he truly deserves it! He`s a proud and couragous leader. Now if he can get the unemployment rate down a bit more, he reelection is sealed! If the GOP is serious about putting forth a real contender, they should consider someone similar to Ronald Reagan. He`s the last best President they`ve had.

    November 3, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    With Cain, I can easily believe that he harrased women. He doesn't seem to understand them (not to say that most men do; but at least we don't have a position authority). If he can't keep it in his pants and be honest about it, then it does raise questions about his authority and how he might use it.

    November 3, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. critter

    i find it odd that he tries to blame other people in his party for this story and yet he accused of doing something he does not like so he doing the same excat thing. cain man up if you did you did it. i don't think three women would come out and say the same thing. stop beating around the bush "i dont remeber" you damn well know what happen just spill it.

    November 3, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. logic in LA

    The Clarence Thomas admirer appears to have learned too much from him. And like him, does not see that he did anything wrong. When the facts come out,, I'm sure he will claim all his comments were just a joke.

    November 3, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. craig

    Let's hear it. If the Truth is bad for Cain, so be it. We should be allowed to know the truth, especially when national security isn't at risk. If he want's us to believe him, he should welcome the truth...unless he's not sharing it in the first place.

    November 3, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  9. hope

    I will be glad when Herman Cain go back to radio. If the GOP think this guy can win in 2012. I like ask them what are they smoking? Please stop so they can actually pay attention to what Herman is saying.

    November 4, 2011 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  10. Rick

    The GOP race, what a mess. It reminds me of 2004 when the Democrats rolled out a similar band of unelectables. I remember it well and I just wanted somebody else, anybody else to vote for, but President Bush was the best choice for the country, so I voted for him. President Obama is certainly a better President than was Bush but this otherwise looks a lot like 2004.

    November 4, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  11. hope

    Without the allegations. Herman Cain is scary. Not only will I show up to vote, I am going to get as many people as possible to vote for obama. By they way I will

    November 4, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |