Karen Kraushaar calls Herman Cain 'a serial denier'
November 8th, 2011
10:15 PM ET
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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. bob

    the bimbo parade

    November 9, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Emperor Vadik, CA

    I knew Obama was going to win, but everyday it looks more and more like Obama is going to win in a HUGE LANDSLIDE...

    November 9, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Concerned American

    We may never know the "truth" in this matter. But Mr. Cain's actions and statements re:this entire issue and in particular toward these women, available for all to see clearly via numerous videos, are far more telling about his underlying character than anything else. It would be a shame to elect a leader so willing to be this "undiplomatic" and reactive toward the global community, let alone in his dealings with the American people. His handling of this situation is atrocious and should be a source of great embarrassment to him.

    November 9, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Tom

    Dear gop, didn't you go after Clinton because he lied? Why give a pass on Cain? I know that you normally hold different people to different standards but this is a bit crazy.

    November 9, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Patriot

    Well Herminator, now what? Can't seem to recall this?

    And this is guy running to have a finger on the nuclear button.

    November 9, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Yellow-Rose


    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.

    You realize that the president would probably LOVE to run against Herman Cain, right? Why would he try to tear down the weakest of the Republican front runners? If anything, he's trying to destroy Romney, who at this point is the only credible obstacle to his re-election.
    Your statement, 'd', is truly laughable. The last person Obama wants to run against is Herman Cain. Obama is no match for Mr. Cain and we all know it. Mr. Cain would eat Obama's lunch on any given day on any given issue in any debate.

    November 9, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. v_mag

    Not only is Cain a liar/denier, but so are all his supporters, apparently.

    Kraushaar related to ex-Politico employee? Lie. No relation to this person.

    Kraushaar sexual harrassment complaint at a federal agency? Lie. Not a sexual harrassment complaint.

    In the Obama administration? Lie. She's a civil servant who works at Treasury no matter who is in the White House.

    Working for the Dems? Lie. There's not a shred of evidence.

    November 9, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Mike P

    The same women posting here about all of these "victims" call Hillary Clinton a strong women, even though her hubby was getting off with an intern in the White House. He also tried to ruin her life after being caught, but the dress kept that from happening. The same Dems who are railing at Cain now about sexual harrassment and victimizing women were silent when Bill Clinton was in office. Did Cain do this? It is likely in my opinion. My problem, as always, it that true "victims" come forward when it happens, make it public, and go to court in the open-not sign agreements and come forward down the road. Those who do not come forward use the excuse that they were embarrassed, etc. Either be brave up front and open about it or not. Otherwise, this ends up being all about publicity and financial motives. Whatever the case, Cain is not getting my vote because he is not qualified, which is what we should be talking about. Of course our community organizer was also not qualified, but I digress. Repubs offer no one worth voting for, so Obama wins by default.....

    November 9, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Rumple

    Karen Kraushaar, did you have sexual relations with that man, Herman Cain?

    November 9, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Karin

    I am so sick of all this propoganda on any of the candidates, democrat or republican. That's the problem with this country, we get so wrapped up in the 'he said, she said,' and then we wonder why our country is going to hell in a hand basket. We need to talk igniting solutions about jobs, the economy, and spending ourselves into bankruptcy. Wake up folks, we, as a nation, have a lot at stake here. I'll even bet King Obama slept with someone other than Michelle in his lifetime. Quite frankly, I DON'T CARE. Let's get on with the REALLY important things on the docket instead of lambasting everyone until they're so bloody you can't put them in a suit. Come on people, please. I'm worried about our country.

    November 9, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. dnick47

    "Where there is smoke there is fire," was an adage oft used by the GOP'ers when they went after Clinton. So GOP'ers, the same should be used now especially since this seems to be a full fledged fire storm.

    November 9, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Dan

    Things aren't looking good for Cain but just how much should we believe a woman who is willing to take over $40,000 to "make the problem go away." I'm sure she is real ethical and morally upstanding. RIIIIIIGHT

    November 9, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Iconoclast

    I love that description "a serial denier". I think we all have known people that fall into that catagory and sort of dove tails into how I would describe people such as Cain and that is mild (maybe not so mild) sociopath. I've met them in the corporate world and witness them in the political world and it comes down to they place themselves above all others and don't think the rules that govern civil society necessarily apply to them. They can't ever admit to that of course and they are very practiced at creating a nice public image but if you listen very carefully to their specific words and watch closely their actions over time it does start to reveal itself. Looking forward to these women coming forward and hitting Cain with the facts that, while he may deny them, paint a picture of a very narcissic, arrogant man. "Me thinks he doth protest too loudly"(apologies to Shakespear).

    November 9, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Mike

    Her son does not work at Politico...that was found to be false. Someone does work for Politico with the same last name.

    November 9, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Paul

    What I love about CNN, they conveniently leave out the fact that this woman sued in her very next job once again. Now Herman Cain may very well be guilty, but the fact that this woman also shows a pattern of sueing to get her way is disturbing.

    November 9, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Petey

    Why don't these women file a lawsuit in a court of law instead of grandstanding in the media? If he did it, then he should be prosecuted to the extent the law allows. He shouldn't be prosecuted in the court of "public opinion" just because someone doesn't want him to run for president.

    November 9, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. peter

    bob: so what that she was promoted by the Obama administration? Cain would be the best thing Democrats could wish for in a Republican opponent. No Tea Party candidate can win a national election. But that's beside the point. Just because she was promoted by the Obama administration doesn't mean that Cain didn't sexually harass her. Sheesh...

    November 9, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. SPQR

    Mr. Cain stop making a fool of yourself.

    Think of your family.

    November 9, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Lynne

    As a woman I have worked in several different work places and seen many incidents of sexual harassment at a variety of locations. I say good for her for speaking up and shame on all of the people that are going to try to tear her down for defending her right to work without being harassed!

    To the women on here such as SisterAct, that are posting that they don't believe these women and think they are only trying to hurt Mr. Cain. I hope that you never face the day when you are Sexually Harasses and then belittled publicly for standing up for yourself!

    I was sexually harasses and stalked when working in a mental health center by someone with a mental illness and my boss tried to brush it off by saying "it's like a kindergartner having a crush on his teacher!" Well, let me tell you, kindergartners can cross the street and come to your house!

    So again, I hope you are never sexually harasses and then disbelieved and cut down by people that don't know you from Adam!

    November 9, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |

    I hope she and all of those women whom he harrassed come forward, release all the documents, hold a group press conference. Now that I see who she is I think it is safe to assume all of his targets are WHITE. What's the matter Herman, can't keep your hands off of white women?

    November 9, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Pedro

    This isn't much different than Ben Rapistberger. One crazy woman can accuse a good person of something they didn't do. But when four women all accuse the same person of the same behavior, something happened.

    November 9, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Scot McCartney

    I am floored by this man's behavior. He could save some of his integretity by apologising now and bowing out with some dignity. Now he is just a coward and loser. He will never make the political grade again.....

    November 9, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Joe

    Hey BCM, don't bring a bunch of facts into a political debate, he has the same last name, therefore he must be her son! the reason this came to light is probably information leaked by a Rep. so all you self rightous idiots take a hike. His failure to remember or as I like to say is mis-remember the facts about someone claiming you harrassed them sexually speaks volumes about the canidate. Let them all take lie detector tests and let the chips fall where they may.

    November 9, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. TJ

    And let the smear campaign continue. It is clearly orchestrated by those that would hate to see a black conservative outside of the establishment become President. When he wasn't taken seriously as a candidate, no one bothered him. When he began to lead in the polls all of these allegations spring up? Gloria Allred is involved??? Come on now. She did the same thing to Meg Whitman when she ran for Govenor of California. A conservative business woman, coincidence? I think not???

    November 9, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Carol

    It seems Cain has an affinity for blonde white women.

    November 9, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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