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.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Yonon

    Who cares? Cain was never a serious candidate.

    November 9, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. jack

    career federal union employee. Thats all I need to know.

    November 9, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Cuso

    Another one bites the dust. Bye Bye Cain

    November 9, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. excitizen

    Last night I saw a clip of an interview with Cain's campaign manager saying that Kraushaar's son worked for Politico. The interviewer asked him straight "Did you confirm this information; that he works for Politico?" and the he said yes, we have confirmed he works there. As usual it was all lies. THE TRUTH regarding the man with the same last name – HE IS NOT HER SON, AND LEFT THE EMPLOY OF POLITICO LAST YEAR! Not her son! The lies never end. Brought to you by the party of family values who want to dictate morals to the rest of the country! Sheesh!

    November 9, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. ACamelSpider

    Mr. Cain should maybe follow the "Madonna Principle," say "yeah, I did it," own it, and poof, the media will disappear. It certainly worked for the mega-watt pop star over her career.

    November 9, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Jacy Houston

    this is soo sad! Several women with the same complaint and people are still trusting him?? The way he just says whatever comes to mind without thinking makes me believe that he could totally do what these ladies claim. I had a boss like that, he thought he was entitled to do whatever he wanted with women. It is a horrible situation to be in because it is hard to prove and it is so humiliating... sorry ladies... I do believe you.

    November 9, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. dealbreaker

    This whole media-created mess gets more ridiculous by the day. 4 women, 2 with not a shred of a single tiny detail and 2 with simple he-said-she-said accusations, accuse a presidential candidate over a decade late of sexual harassment. If that isn't enough to already make you laugh, then here is more. Of the two who reportedly "reluctantly" came forward (yea right) one has filed another baseless complaint at another job after not getting her way, and the other has not a single fact as well as a questionable past. Can someone please explain how this is even a discussion? This crap belongs on jerry springer, not national news.

    November 9, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Anonymous

    This girl is pretty now, i can imagine how pretty she was 15 years ago. An also i can imagine Cain making those advances to this girl.

    November 9, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. dutspup

    On the fence and dont know much about this in detail but I do know that we have women where i work that wear very low cut blouses very high skirts with very high slits and they bend over in front of you basically boooobs about to fall out. What do you expect a man to do or say, cant have it both ways girlys

    November 9, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Mysticlady

    Hold strong ladies. I admire your courage & class.

    November 9, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Patricia D

    If the sexual harassment charges are true, it is a testament to his character, and I think it has everything to do with his qualifications to be President. And I don't really know what his merits are since he has never been into politics. Lot's of people can run a business, but running the country is an entirely different ballgame. Not to mention that our next President needs to be an international personality who has the respect of the world community. Being President of the United States is no longer just about the United States. I don't see Herman Cain as anything but a business owner who has a big ego.

    November 9, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Leopold

    This is how Karen Kraishaur works. Three years after the supposed incident with Cain she worked for the INS and filed another complaint, demanding after she took a great deal of leave after a car accident, to have all her leave re-instated, extra salary, a promotion, and a fellowship to the Harvard Kennedy School of gov't. She then complained that her supervisor circulated an 'inappropriate' email about her. The whole matter was dropped, she didn't get her demands, and she got another job at Treasury- likely she was encouraged to leave. Same with Bialek, she was seen at an event after the alleged transgression hugging and being very chummy with Cain? Sounds like opportunists.

    November 9, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If she really believes Cain will deny whether 4 or 40 women come forward, why did she step up?
    The truth is the truth no matter how often it is denied.
    By the way, she was right on point with her assertion because in his news conference he DID IN FACT say that he would deny it if more women
    came forward to accuse him. He went on to say that he expected more to come forward.

    November 9, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. V in Chicago

    @Bob – Check your facts. Her son DOES NOT work for Politico. There was a gentleman there with the same name a couple of years ago, but is has been proven that he is not her son.

    November 9, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Corporations R. People II

    "CNN did not include in their report that her son works at Politico and she was promoted to her current position by the Obama Administration."

    Because they would be printing inaccurate garbage, Bobby. Facts tend to have a liberal bias you see....

    November 9, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Joe Shmoe

    As a conservative, I'm more concerned with Cain's vehement support for the TARP bailouts (read the letter he wrote on it), his cluelessness on the housing collapse, his close association with the Fed, his praise of Greenspan and Kissinger, his 999 plan which will raise taxes on most families, and his utter lack of foreign policy knowledge. Why the Tea Party ever got behind this guy is beyond me.

    As far as character issue go, I've already seen how badly he flip flops on the issues and tries to act like he was misquoted. That's why when he changed his story 3 times in one day when this story first broke, I wasn't surprised. And people actually call this guy a "straight shooter"?

    November 9, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Lizzie

    Question: why did she not come out in 2004 when he ran for congress? Was there to little publicity?

    November 9, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Big George in Big D

    @ San – you admire this woman??? Don't you know she works in the Obama camp???

    November 9, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Bruce

    Whatever you do, you should keep yourself distracted with these allegations and the he-said-she-said nonsense, because we don't want anyone to start to pick at Cain's 9+9+9=27 plan...

    November 9, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "So.... will she now RETURN the $46,000 CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT payment?"

    Yeah, right after she sues the Faux Noise organization that outed her name for intereference with advantageous contractual relations. In fact, the NRA might consider doing that instead of trying to squeeze blood from a stone by suing an obviously middle-class person who probably doesn't have very deep pockets.

    November 9, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. It is sad

    Mr Cain.. just remember if the you keep saying it enough times, your republican friends will eventually believe you. It is just how your party works.. forget the real truth, make up one that helps you more.

    November 9, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "As reported on the site of that other news agency CNN loves to bash, this woman filed a complaint at her next job claiming an email that circulated was offensive (it compared women to computers and said they store every little thing in long term memory)."

    And your point is what? That she rightfully pointed out that a sexist email had been citculated in the office? Hint: You're not helping your case.

    November 9, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Fred

    Where's Oprah when you need her. These woman could have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show for the big reveal.

    November 9, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Jill-IN

    It is always amazing to me when men commit these kinds of behavior – even years before, the denial and memory loss that occurs. You guys all know even if you behaved like that once in your lifetime you would never forget it. Women and children get abused every few seconds in this country and they become a victim again by the denial, name calling, hatred of women that comes out. Cain is in denial and turning this story on its head so that it is about other people – not him. He is not accountable or man enough to own up to his bad faults even if he didn't see his actions as such.

    November 9, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Lost in Texas FOREVER AND EVER

    you ever wonder why so many women DON'T come forward with these charges? Just read some of the posts here and I think you can understand why.

    November 9, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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