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. Brian, Nj

    Let the tearing down of this woman begin on Rush, Levin and Hannity.

    Hillary said there was a right wing conspiracy, and there wasn't. Cain said it was Perry, and it wasn't. Now he says it's a left wing conspiracty...I am guessing it isn't.

    November 9, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. John

    The trolls are out in force.
    The lie that any of the women accusing Caine of sexual harassment work for Politico or their sons work for Politico has been debunked. Why do Republicans think that repeating lies is enough to get people to ignore the truth? By the way – Clinton lied about having sex with a woman who persued him and Caine lied about persuing unwilling women. There is a difference and Clinton did not get a "pass".

    November 9, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Chris

    Look people: The Democrats are not behind this, for the simple reason that if they found it they would wait until a nominee is chosen and then attack, they like having dirt on the people they are up against and as such want them to make it to the race. it simple makes no sense to go after Cain yet for them, the other Republican candidates though do have a good reason.

    November 9, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. MediaHound

    These women had years to come forward, and are doing so now for the spotlight and hopefully some cash. The problem with today's media is that ANYONE can say ANYTHING and it taint's a defenseless person's image. I am appalled of the one-sidedness of CNN's article... where are the ties to this woman and Polico? Give us the facts – ALL the facts – and let the readers decide.

    November 9, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Not that it matters, but will they ALL be White and blonde?
    It appears Reverend Cain has a penchant for this type even though it is quite obvious that they DO NOT resemble his wife in looks nor stature.

    November 9, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Salt

    Put up or shut up!!

    November 9, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Mike, Albany

    Cain's campaign is already a joke: "I'm their brother from another mother" from "Rush Hour 3"? Please. The 9-9-9 plan from "Sim City"? And the poet he quoted in his closing statement at the first republican debate was "Pokemon: The Movie". And 45 is a magic number? Honestly, I want someone with a little more intellectual capacity than this in the White House, although I know this is asking too much from Americans who seem to think that intelligence is some kind of sickness and who put a premium on insipidity. However, in light of all of this, the sexual harassment scandal is just the last nail in the coffin of the Cain presidential bid.

    November 9, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. garwin1

    Why would anybody want to subject themselves to a central scrutinizer alien anal probe??

    November 9, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. WhereIsPalin

    OK.....Does anyone remember "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"? What we need here is for someone to specifically define "sexual harrassment" for these people. Then we won't have to listen to......I thought/didn't think that was sexual harrassment.

    November 9, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. marc

    This is why I dont care for women as sexual partners. With women.......sex is a spiritual bonding, a blending of souls and deep emotions. For men it is a sport. The more practice, the more teams you play, the better you get. Certain women take the fun out of the hunt. God forbid you would ever be honest about what it is you really want. Instead you have to tip toe around the subject and hang onto every word to make sure youre on the same page otherwise you might get a harassment charge. I assure you that if a woman ran her hand up a mans inner thigh towards his genitals, the only sound you would hear would be "SCHWING" !

    November 9, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Pertnear

    Funny how the liberal press ignores the fact that Kraushaar sued the next employer she worked for as well – sounds like she is a serial suer. Also interesting that her son worked for Politico, which is the organization she first announced the accusations, a coincidence? I think not. Also, when pressed for details about the second lawsuit, she can't remember all of the details – selective memory?

    November 9, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Steve, NY

    These politicians are very convincing aren't they?/ Look at Bill Clinton he denied everything, Miss flowers, Paula Jones, and Monica. He even convinced his wife that those women are liars. Guess what the truth came out, Bill was the liar. People get duped very easily by these politicians . They all lie and they have the gumph to call somebody else a liar.
    People will get duped again and again. Cain is no different. The Democrats would love to have him win the Republican nomination. The guy is a looser.

    November 9, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Doug

    If you're black and conservative, expect multiple attacks. Even if these are true, Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King Jr. had their own problem with women in their lives. Ya think there's a political skew here? When was the last time Gloria Allred defended a conservative woman who had been harassed ?

    November 9, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Keith, US Citizen living in Canada

    Cain's got a REAL problem.
    And evidently he sees no need to fix it, only to DENY it.

    November 9, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Florida Joe


    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.
    Better check your facts....Someone with his name worked at Politico 2 years ago......and small detail....THEY ARE NOT RELATED.......Oh those pesky facts............
    And Obama is the last person that would want this clown Cain out of the race........WOW

    November 9, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. MediaHound

    And you all call Cain a "serial denier" – what is he supposed to do? Admit to doing something he didn't do? What if this were you being falsely accused of something so troubling and knowing the whole story was made up? If these women were truly harrassed – DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! 'Karen' reported it to her employer and it was found "baseless" after an investigation by HR. The company gave her a severance agreement – commonplace in corporations when a person feels like they were wronged. End of story. This other lady has been the defendant in SIX lawsuits in the last 10 years. So if she's so lawsuit happy, why did she not file charges against Cain at the time? These women's stories are skeptical at best. Don't let a good man's reputation suffer for the false accusation of a few. For every woman that has has come forward, there are hundreds that have been a testimony to his character.

    November 9, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Jeremy

    She wasn't outed by politico. It was all public information that would have gotten out anyway.

    November 9, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Ironmanxxx

    Cain builds in the polls and suddenly, something comes up from over 15 plus years ago right now...yeah, that sure smells ripe to me...

    November 9, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. epicjourney

    I thought when you paid someone off they were supposed to stay paid off? Especially when the accusations were simply a ploy to extort money. Cain's mistake was buckling under to the false accusations in the first place. I think this guy is finished politically.

    November 9, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Ironmanxxx

    Frankly, I don't believe any of it, especially after they just now seem to come forward with all their "evidence", etc. Wasn't an issue 2 years ago, wasn't an issue 10 years ago, but suddenly, it is now...come on...

    November 9, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. MediaHound

    I think all the other women who have ever worked for Herman Cain should also hold a press conference to discuss what they thought of his character and morals. Women out there who have every worked for him – speak up if you believe he is different than these two women are making him out to be!

    November 9, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. jerryc

    Of course women will do anything for $40000.

    November 9, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Lisa P

    How come I don't believe these women? How come they all seem to want to be in the spotlight and get all dressed up for the cameras? Funny, they look like sisters? ...
    November 9, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |

    I hate to say it but all their very similar appearances proves is that Mr. Cain liked to hit on blondes. I'm also kind of interested in the way that both women have lawyered up (though with very different sorts of lawyers). I would guess that that's standard operating procedure for lobbyists and others who have to deal routinely with the press. Kind of sad, but then it's clear from the comments here that those who for political reasons don't want to hear what they have to say will parse every word and distort every fact to save their "hero." Cain's supporters make him look like a misogynist and a bully. Too bad, but I guess Cain *is* setting the tone for the denials, attacks and blame-shifting, to his everlasting shame. What a punk.

    November 9, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Kube

    If Romney gets the ticket- there is NO candidate I could vote for in the presidential race.

    And this broad is something else...too easy to cry sexual harassment. If you're bound by a confidentiality clause- THEN YOU KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. I hope they make her repay any settlements she received.

    November 9, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Rich

    They wanted Herm to go to rehab but he said NO...NO...NO... my wife says that i'm fine and i havent got the time.....They said i should go to rehab and i said NO....NO ...NO...
    Maybe Tiger can get you in or your brothers from a different mother....the Koch boys...

    November 9, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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