November 7th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Cain accuser says candidate groped her in 1997

(CNN) - A woman who claimed Herman Cain sexually assaulted her in 1997 said Monday she hoped the Republican presidential candidate would come clean about other allegations of sexual misconduct.

Sharon Bialek said Cain reached under her skirt and pressed her head toward his crotch when Bialek was visiting Cain in Washington to get job hunting advice after she had been "terminated" from the National Restaurant Association.

MORE: Cain faces new claim of sexual misconduct

Bialek said that when she protested, Cain asked, "You want a job, right?"

Bialek worked at the educational foundation of the National Restaurant Association beginning from 1996 to 1997, when she said her superiors released her from her position, citing poor fundraising numbers.

Bialek said she was already acquainted with Cain after meeting him at NRA conferences, and visited him in Washington in July 1997 to see if he could help her regain her position or find another position within the organization.

When Bialek and Cain were returning from dinner, Bialek said Cain made inappropriate advances in a parked car.

"He put his hand on my leg, under my skirt, and reached for my genitals," Bialek said. "He also grabbed my head and pushed it toward his crotch."

Cain's campaign denied Bialek's allegations in a statement before the press conference began.

"Just as the country finally begins to refocus on our crippling $15 trillion national debt and the unacceptably high unemployment rate, now activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain," the statement read.

"All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false. Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone. Fortunately the American people will not allow Mr. Cain's bold "9-9-9 Plan", clear foreign policy vision and plans for energy independence to be overshadowed by these bogus attacks."

Cain is entering his second week of battling reports he sexually harassed women while heading the NRA in the 1990s. Last week, the lawyer for one woman who reportedly settled with the association over harassment allegations said his client would not reveal her name or any details about her claim.

Various media outlets reported there were two more women who made allegations against Cain and subsequently received financial settlements.

Cain said Saturday he was finished answering questions about the sexual harassment claims, telling reporters in Texas he was focused on getting his campaign "on message."

"Read all of the other accounts, where everything has been answered - end of story," Cain said.

–CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

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soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Ted

    Dirty old Goat!!

    November 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Greenspam

    Good job Perry. You have destroyed your opponent.

    November 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. MarineVet

    I guess he was just trying to do some "job creation."

    November 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Teresa

    Mr. Cain....that was the "fat lady" singing. You were the only thing between Perry and the nomination and he used it. Too bad you gave him so much to use. The door is to your right, don't let it hit you on the way out.

    November 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. WholeTruth??

    I wonder who did she vote for in the last election? Hmmmm....

    November 7, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. jim

    yes ok guess this is worse than clinton, so people of the USA get used to being screwed without a kiss.

    November 7, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Vince

    According to most people who have been commenting on this for the past week...she probably asked for it and is just a gold digger. I hope thats the same response all of those people give to their own daughters, should they ever make similar claims. The message people are sending young women is that if you make a claim against someone in power, we probably won't believe you and you're just in it for the money. Pay attention young women!

    November 7, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Mickey

    Well it looks like them got Herman! NOT. Hey CNN get on the real stories like Fast and Furious gun running and the solyndra solor scandals. So what if Herman did do this then he is only human. Ms Alrid said that she enjoyed being groped by the TSA at the airport!! She said it has been a long time. Remember Bill Clinton, JFK, Teddy Kennedy. Get over yourselves. If it comes down to it, This lady ask Herman if she could do him a favor to get a job and he told her NO. Then he took her to her hotel room and told her to get OUT!

    November 7, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Yo'Mamma

    There's the door Mr. Cain, use it and don't look black, I mean, back!

    November 7, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Me

    He was apparently a very busy horn-dog at that job. Time for his wife to buy some super glue?

    November 7, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. buck

    Why do these women wait so long to say someone grouped them. Seems like they would report this when they touched them!

    November 7, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. MarkInPDX

    DJD, that's relevant because... ?

    November 7, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Stacey

    No, Cain. Not end of story; actually it may just be the beginning. Let the circus fun and games continue!

    November 7, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Bec

    something is weird about that story. I am the only one who thinks that?

    November 7, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Donaldo

    This woman is truly unbelieveable, literally. When she said, he asked me why I was here..she lost me there. No CEO is going to meet a complete stranger without knowing the intent of any meeting. I am sorry, I would certainly interview her boyfriend to get the real story...obviously, from her appearance, she is looking for her 15 seconds. Also, why would she go to a CEO for a job recommendation, normally you go thru HR. Sorry, sounds too bogus from my reality to have really happened. Nice try....

    November 7, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. GSMITH

    Get over it. It happen in 1997, why bring it up now, were you hired by the Democrats to destoy this man. This is the only way the Democrats can win.

    November 7, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Mitt Romney @ Bain Capital posing with Dollar Bill$$ like a Gangstar while shipping American jobs to China

    This is NOT another Anita Hill...this is "White" Herman Cain can play the race card with this woman!!!

    November 7, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. cali girl

    What will Cain say now? I so want to see him with his tail between his legs. Man Pig at best.

    November 7, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. joe

    she is brave, i guess we should expect some gospel at the next debate

    November 7, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Bill in Columbus

    Ugly. Gettin Ugly. No sides here... but I hate the fact that someone can simply accuse someone else in public... without a trial or evidence... and kill that persons reputation forever. It happens everyday... and it is sad.

    November 7, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Cedar Rapids

    "DJD – I wonder if the woman (women) who signed a confidentiality agreement have agreed to give the money back?"

    well seeing as as of right now they havent released any information covered by the agreement then I would say no.

    November 7, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Dennis610

    I love the fact that these women are suddenly inspired to come out all at once, it has nothing to do with the national spotlight, or any potential money to be made. They are simply doing their civic duty... Puhlleezzee

    November 7, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. lynn

    dirty hermie down the drain cain.

    November 7, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Mickey

    I wonder where Jessie and Al are in this story. WAIT! HErman is a republican that is why they are not defending him. how one sided they are they don't look after their own unless you are a demacrat

    November 7, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Donna

    That creepy smile he did in his commercial is now just more creepier.
    'scuse me while I take a shower.

    November 7, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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