Allred and another Cain accuser to hold news conference
November 7th, 2011
10:34 AM ET
11 years ago

Allred and another Cain accuser to hold news conference

Washington (CNN) - Famed defense attorney Gloria Allred says another woman who alleges she was sexually harassed by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will go public in a news conference in New York on Monday.

Three women have alleged Cain harassed them when they worked for the National Restaurant Association while he headed the group in the 1990s. Allred said that the woman she will appear with at the news conference isn't one of those three.

"Ms. Allred's client will be the first to give her name and to speak out about details of what she alleges occurred between her and Cain," the attorney said in a news release.

Cain has vehemently denied committing sexual harassment.

Allred says the alleged harassment took place when her client sought Cain's help with an employment issue while she was working at the association.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. cmahone

    Cains wife was going to be interviewed, then BACKED OUT... doesn't support her husband at all. If she did she would have supported him

    November 7, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. cmahone

    The women bascially have a gag around their mouths..from the settlement, yet he can defame them

    November 7, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Buccakenji

    Hiring Allred. The final straw to demonstrate the charges are FALSE.

    November 7, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. zaggs

    So someone who did not file a complaint when it happened and couldn't find a real lawyer so had to go with Allred. Yeah, nothing fishy about this one.

    November 7, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. cf

    Cain has lied constantly every step of the way on this story. Why should we trust or believe anything else he says?

    November 7, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Amelia

    The sad thing is, whether he's actually guilty or not, his bid is toast. Republicans can't afford to give him the nomination. What if more info comes forth later, and then Obama becomes a shoe-in? Sorry, Mr. Cain–I liked some of your ideas, but I'm not risking giving you my vote.

    November 7, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Phil

    WHO is paying for her to be this ladys lawyer? Allred isnt exactly a cheap lawyer.

    November 7, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. cf

    Herman Cain's new 9-9-9 plan: He tells 9% of the truth about 9% of the women he's harassed, 9% of the time.

    November 7, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. HHR

    Accusations are NOT facts. I will wait to hold judgement until I see the FACTS. Dirty politics is one thing, reputation smearing is another.

    November 7, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. theleopolis

    So...he's been determined guilty without evidence that indicates guilt beyond a reasonable doubt? Wait...did I miss the trial?

    November 7, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Cedar Rapids

    "A MN – I wonder how many more woman the dems can pay to say the were harassed, this is just a smear campaign from the crying liberal party..."

    yeah such a pity the Dems arent behind this really isnt it? of course we have factual evidence that he was accused by at least 2 women in the past and the only payments I know of to those women were part of the settlements to make sure they didnt talk about them.
    But let me say this again, as you seem to be confused by the Dems stance.........we would love it if this guy got the nod. We would have preferred Palin, otherwise Bachmann or Perry, but Cain is a perfectly acceptable replacement. We really are not scared of any of those guys, at all.

    November 7, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Spendlove

    Strange these women are just now coming forward... and typical they're bringing feminist ambulance chasers like Allred.

    November 7, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Rbnlegnd101

    Why did they wait so long to come out with these accusations? The two who accepted settlements didn't wait. They made complaints and were paid not to pursue them any further. The others? Well, they had some sort of bad experience with a popular, powerful, charismatic, authority figure that left them feeling vulnerable. It's no surprise they didn't come forward. There are many reasons not to say anything, pretend it didn't happen and hope it goes away. Fear of retaliation. Fear that he will present some version of events that makes them look like they were trying to get into his pants. Fear that no one would believe them. Violence. Job loss. Having to testify in detail in a courtroom full of angry men. Why would they come forward now? The two who settled didn't, but the settlement was reported and Herman got on TV and presented his version of the story, and taunted them with the fact that they were required not to respond. The next two found out that they were not the only ones he had treated that way. That makes it a lot easier.

    Not to mention, if he misused his power as the head of the restaurant association, would you really want to give him more power? A lot more power? There are people who have hurt me in my life that I am content to simply never speak to, never be near. But if they ran for president? No, that would not be something I would be ok with. You did what you did, I'm not going to trust you with the power of that office.

    November 7, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. SlowGun


    Don't just throw out accusations, come forward do not hide behind anonymity and face the one you accuse or is that to much to ask.


    Umm Lizzie,
    All of these woman (now 4 of them) did tjust that. They confront Cain when the issues happened. They went to the NRA and made formal complaints against Mr. Cain. The NRA then gave them a settlement which included forbidding them to go public about what happen.

    So I ask you...if Mr Cain didn't do anything wrong, why make these woman sign the non-disclosure.
    If Mr. Cain didn't do anything worng, then terminate the non-disclosure so that they can speak publically about what happen.

    November 7, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Rbnlegnd101

    Did you miss the trial? I don't know, did I miss the sentencing?

    and for those complaining about how this is a liberal plot, that's an easy dismissal, but the inital story came from a conservative news web site. A very conservative news website. This is a great ethics test. You could say "hey, do we really want someone with this history to represent our party?" and take a real look at the matter, but no, the republican base is more interested in dismissing the question and chanting support for the team. That's scary.

    November 7, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. otunj20

    Im definitely not a fan of Cain, but this women did not say anything over the years, nor did she ever file a complaint. even if what she says is true, this is pure 15 mins of fame, IMO.

    November 7, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. tarded guy

    they should have came out with it earlier

    November 7, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. SlowGun


    So...he's been determined guilty without evidence that indicates guilt beyond a reasonable doubt? Wait...did I miss the trial?

    ---------------------------- missed the part about giving these women a settlement and forcing them to sign a non-disclosure agreement...innocent people don't handle these types of accusations that way.

    November 7, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. jsmoulder

    How many more will come out of the wood work, guess that depends if there is money to be made.

    November 7, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. SlowGun


    Strange these women are just now coming forward...


    Strange that you would comment on this story without knowing that all of these women came forward, confronted Cain, and took their allacations to the NRA 15 years ago when it happened.

    November 7, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. kwalker

    Whattttttt...... I am not sure if this is a setup... Unbeliievable .....Not sure if this is a true story this is deep. The one thing that bothers me is she was at a political event and saw him...Does she have a wtiness, What in the world is the media showing. CNN, ABC, CBS..... please end this story fast.....

    November 7, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Much as I dislike Allred, this was a brilliant move by Mr. KochCain's victims. The smear-mongers on the right are probably shaking right now knowing that Allred will slap right back with defamation lawsuits if the extreme righties don't watch their words.

    November 7, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. SlowGun


    Accusations are NOT facts. I will wait to hold judgement until I see the FACTS. Dirty politics is one thing, reputation smearing is another.


    Here is a fact.
    Rather then fight these accusations. Cain had the NRA give them hush money.

    November 7, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Jose Wan Sekiavich

    Its obvious the woman was telling the truth. Too many bullies and abusers and people such as Cain get away with things and I wish anyone going through something like this could speak up then! i wish they would be listened to but unfortunately we live in a country where those that rule it, have the ability to shut people up!

    November 7, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Sandy

    Listening to the press conference. She is a republican tea party person! I guess the Dems are off the hook.

    November 7, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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