Karen Kraushaar calls Herman Cain 'a serial denier'
November 8th, 2011
10:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Karen Kraushaar calls Herman Cain 'a serial denier'

Washington (CNN) - Karen Kraushaar, who went public earlier Tuesday confirming she was one of the women who previously filed a sexual harassment claim against Herman Cain, told CNN she is considering releasing the details of her allegations against Cain.

"I have kept all of the copies of my allegations," she said. "So I believe that could happen."

In her first interview since Cain's Tuesday news conference - in which he vehemently denied ever sexually harassing anyone - Kraushaar refused to comment specifically on Cain's defense. But she did say that if the female accusers get together to air their charges publicly, she expected he would still deny them.

"He's a serial denier," she said. "He will deny if it is four or 40 women."

Even so, Kraushaar told CNN she would like to organize a joint press conference some time in the near future with some of the other women who have alleged sexual harassment against Cain.

"There is safety in numbers," she said. "It is important that it happen in one conference."

Kraushaar's attorney, Joel Bennett, told CNN that Gloria Allred and her client, Sharon Bialek, have agreed to participate.

Kraushaar added that "it's so uncomfortable for people to say what happened" - as Bialek did earlier this week with her public allegations - that "with the redaction of certain names," documents might be the least painful way for the women to tell their stories.

Saying it's "no longer a private matter" she called the alleged sexual harassment by Cain "a personally embarrassing matter."

She made the case that, as a civil servant now working for the Treasury Department, she is a "federal career employee and I can't enter into electioneering." But, she added, 'sexual harassment is not a Democratic problem or a Republican problem. It's an American problem."

Kraushaar told CNN she entered into a $46,000 sexual harassment settlement with the National Restaurant Association in 1999 and said she was aware of the other settlement the association previously reached with a different employee.

"I lived by the strictures of the confidentiality agreement for 12 years," she told CNN. But when approached by Politico, she felt like she couldn't deny the story. The site "had two names," she said. "At that point, if I deny, I'm lying."

Kraushaar knows something about the media. She currently serves as the spokesman for a bureau within the Treasury Department.

She also indicated that Cain's story about her - in which he says that he gesturing that her she is the same height as his wife - has nothing to do with her harassment allegations

"A comment like that is so innocuous it wasn't even a part of my complaint," she said, allowing that it sounds "vaguely familiar." Without disclosing details, she said that there was "an incident in my office that was part of my complaint" that was the "inappropriate behavior."

Trying to pre-empt criticism, she also confirmed that she had filed one complaint while working at another federal agency about not being able to telecommute after a car accident while a colleague was able to do so - and she felt it was unfair. She says she was always an employee in good standing.

–CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this story.

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soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. A True Centrist

    Will she also be offering details of the sexual harassment case she filed against her next employer, the Immigration and Naturalization Services? Two employers in a row...hmmmmm.

    November 9, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. FedUp

    Is this the woman that signed a confidentiality agreement with her "settlement"? Again, if there was no police report, then it must not have mattered (except for the money, of course). Her veracity is questioned, in my book. Anyone can make any allegations they want, against anyone they choose. Unless there is proof, I will not convict.

    November 9, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. Keith in Austin

    I hope this woman will agree to take a lie-detector test just as Cain has agreed to do!

    November 9, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    What bothers me in cases like this is that the women get disparaged. Why do we do that? And why do we defend men who behave in this way, or women, as the case may be? How many of us have been in these situations, and have had to keep quiet to stay gainfully employed?

    We need to take a good look at why we accept sexual harassment as part of the fabric of who we are, and why we disparage the accusers. I give these women credit for bravery, because sadly they know what's coming. And I think Cain is a pig for attacking them. Not exactly what I want to see in my president.

    November 9, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. John

    Give back the money and then you can write a book. You'll end up with more money that way. It doesn't matter if the book is fact or fiction. Their are plenty of idots that will buy it.

    November 9, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  6. Evn

    Redact the names, publish the pleadings, and let the voters decide if there is a pattern here and whom to believe. This "it didn't happen and I don't even remember the woman" (but it's possible my memory could be triggered) is not going to be enough to sweep the allegations under the rug. The GOP sought to run a president out of office for his sexual diliances, and now they want to elect one into office without a full vetting. Seems hypocritical at best, and the voters deserve better.

    November 9, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. S. Kershaw

    Herman Cain appears to be the perfect Republican candidate. He fits the profile of exactly what the party stands for perfectly.

    November 9, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. Phil in KC

    Where there's smoke there's fire. One or two, you might dismiss. But this many?

    November 9, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. zanny

    Go get him!!!What an arrogant man!! who among us can say we never did anything inappropriate? I cannot wait to see the news conference with the harassed abd see if he even squirms. Men like him never think he can do anything wrong. Notice his wife is not standing by his side. She knows it is true and is probably a pattern. Good luck and go get him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. Cajun55

    So.... will she now RETURN the $46,000 CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT payment? Yeah, I THOUGHT SO!!

    November 9, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. vegas01

    She kept all her records on this for more than a decade? Why? If she settled the case, what purpose would all but the settlement document itself serve? What really happened is "her attorney" has kept everything. If she really believes Cain will deny whether 4 or 40 women come forward, why did she step up? If she truly believes it won't help motivate Cain to "tell the truth" what purpose does it serve? I don't buy her story, but even if it is true, even if it were 400 women, I prefer Cain over Romney or Obama. We have defenses against unwanted sexual advances, but not DC intrusion in our lives and the price of their reckless spending. Cain couldn't possibly abuse as many as either Romney or Obama have and will if given the chance. Cain 2012/2016!!

    November 9, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. usualone

    People will judge these women because they have acted on more than one complaint. But people should remember that some of us have never filed complaints even though we had justification to take such actions. We just quit and go on to other work places and try to not think about these past incidents. So everyone should be careful about judging these women too hastily.

    November 9, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Sniffit

    Oh Hermy, we hardly knew ye. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, good bye.

    November 9, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Applepious

    Cain is done, its all over except for the loud explosive crashing of two trains of which everyone on the highway of life slows down while driving by to see the wreckage. Hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn Mr. Cain.

    November 9, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. proudmemberofglobalzero

    Weather this is all true or not...I feel so bad for this man's wife. Cain....stop campaigning and get to work on healing your family.

    November 9, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Darko

    So much for the confidentiality agreement. I guess her book deals and speaking fees will cover the penalty for breaching the agreement.

    November 9, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Larry L

    Mr. Cain certainly must have known all of these women would come forward at some point. I suspect he's so oblivious to the concept of "limits" he doesn't even recognize bad behavior. Powerful people feel entitled to do whatever they want and use their power like a weapon. When those women are seen as a group in front of national media cameras, his campaign hopes, and likely his whole pizza party, are down the toilet.

    November 9, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. A. Goodwin

    Good for her, but sadly Cain will continue to deny this story.

    November 9, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. Roger

    The AP is reporting that part of the first accuser's complaint against the Immigration Service included objection to a sexually offensive email which it quoted parts of (and were ridiculously mild in terms of sexual content). This CNN story doesn't even mention that and only mentions a telecommute issue in her second complaint. Not fair and balanced as usual CNN.

    November 9, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Robin Bray

    Good for her. No mater how many times it happens, you file a complaint. Settling a previous complaint does not mean the rest of the world gets a free pass for their actions. In the private sector I have seen behavior against woman that if it was my wife I would have seriously beaten the person.

    November 9, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. Sametestsameresults

    Cain is toast...GOP move on to your next nut job. And when you finally have to settle for Romney consider your values compromised....again.

    November 9, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Michelle Northway

    I'm confused. Weren't 2 women paid in a settlement stemming from charges against Herman Cain? That tells me something right there. People don't receive settlements for no reason at all. I suppose he doesn't remember that either.

    November 9, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. nasa1

    This woman will need to give back the money she received in order to maintain the confidentiality of the agreement. She is doing a disservice to other women who have legitimate complaints. She is setting back harrasment law several years.

    November 9, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. enough of lies

    this woman is a serial harraser, maybe she should be taken up on charges of misuse of the court system or is she one who instgates harrasment, she probably started it, look into her past deeper, hmmmm.

    November 9, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. LibertyQueen

    Taking Cain down..... Sisterhood style!

    November 9, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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