First on CNN: Kraushaar won't do news conference without other accusers
November 10th, 2011
04:06 PM ET
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First on CNN: Kraushaar won't do news conference without other accusers

UPDATE 4:06 pm: The attorney for a woman who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment in the late 1990s said Thursday his client is not prepared to hold a news conference about the allegations until other victims agree to join her.

Washington (CNN) - Herman Cain accuser Karen Kraushaar is "not considering a press conference" if only she and the other named accuser, Sharon Bialek, are willing to participate, according to a source close to Kraushaar.

"She still would like to have a press conference with all four women" who have accused Cain of sexual harassment, the source said, but it has not yet come together.

Thursday morning, Kraushaar's attorney, Joel Bennett, told reporters that she has called the two anonymous accusers, but they have not returned her calls.

The source told CNN that Kraushaar has not yet decided what she will do, if anything, on her own if the two remaining accusers want to stay private.

In a statement Wednesday, Kraushaar said: "We are still hopeful that they will have the courage to come forward, but we completely understand if they choose not to."

Earlier this week, Kraushaar told CNN that she has copies of records detailing allegations against Cain and that it is possible she could release them. She also said it would send a powerful message if all the accusers stood together to refute Cain.

At this point, however, the source said no decision has been made about Kraushaar's next step if a news conference with all four women does not come together.

Bennett said Wednesday that it was likely that Kraushaar would do a newser if only Bialek committed, but that is now not the case, according to the source.

Cain has repeatedly said that he has never sexually harassed anyone.

- CNN Producer Greg Clary contributed to this report.

Also see:

Where GOP candidates stand on Cain controversy

Cain accuser filed workplace complaint with different employer

Kraushaar attorney: Joint news conference likely

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    357 days and no more Obama, what if the asnwers to your 2 questions are no one and yes ( and they pas they lie detector test? Will you accept what they produce, or will this turn into another Birther fiasco?

    November 10, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So we have Kraushaar, with a history of filing complaints against her supervisors for whatever she feels the offense de jour is and Bialek, who actively sought out Cain a few weeks ago before going public (and now represented by that media hound, Gloria Allred) going after Cain for what they preceived to be sexual harassment around 14 years ago. I still find this bewildering that these folks only came out of the woodwork after Cain trumped Rick Perry in the Polls. Where were they when he first announced this? If they had feelings that strong about this, they should have come forward when Cain first announced his candidacy.
    As for this being a push from Democrats to keep Cain from siphoning black votes away from the President, probably 99% of the black people in the United States already know that Herman Cain will be no friend to them if elected. Based on his free market approach to everything, he is perceived as ready to completely dismantle the social safety net built up over the last 75 years. A candidate with as dubious of a platform as Cain's will not attract the independents that any Republican candidate MUST have to win the Presidency. So as far as that goes, I wouldn't look past the Republican Party movers-and-shakers to find out the source of these two women and their hearsay evidence.

    November 10, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Dean

    Unlike Clinton, Cain has a little bit of good taste in his choice of women to harass.

    November 10, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Jake

    Enough already. Come out and say what you have to say or just shut your trap.
    And isnt it funny how this woman made demands of one employer, then filed a sexual harassment suit, then filed another one at another employer.

    November 10, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. v_mag

    I'm waiting for an answer from the wing nuts to the question of which politicians were railroaded on a sexual charge. Or, were they all guilty, as I remember? And then, I'd like to know why you think Herman will be the exception.

    Tick, tick...

    November 10, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Dean, you are a true republican.

    November 10, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. MCWAY

    Ummmm...SEAL TEAM Alpha and Omega,

    Nobody is stopping these women from talking. Kraushaar's apparently chickening out, because her claims are properly bogus. And, now we learn that Bialek is in debt to David Axelrod for thousands of dollars, has been perpetually broke, and has a history of hitting on her bosses (including one with whom she had a child, while he was married to another woman). The truth appears to be surfacing that this is being exposed for the hitjob it really is on Herman Cain.

    November 10, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Alex David

    Funny how all the women are white when Cain obviously prefers black women. How is it that these women get away with such classic, blatant racism and the press and MSM give them a complete pass.

    I guess it is OK to be a stone cold racist as long as it is directed towards a Republican

    November 10, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    For those of you with no experience, the amount of money the 2 ladies received that filed a claim actually indicate the claim was frivolous and unfounded. Someone out for a quick buck is what we call it. The type of settlement they received is not granted to someone who actually has a case. The small amount they received was a result of it being cheaper to settle than the attorney expense to fight it in court. A settlement is no way indicates guilt. It is normally the opposite. Basic dollar and cents of the matter. Any REAL claim would have warranted much larger amounts. Also from experience, because there is more than 1 means nothing either. It is not uncommon for these frivolous law suits to comes in pairs. Not to mention a society with a gimme, gimme, sue, sue, sue mentally. It is expected, sadly. Just someone speaking from experience. It is evident from some of these comments, you don't have a clue about how the process works in real life.

    November 10, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    5 accusers? Wasn't "accusation" # 5 that he invited someone to dinner and when she refused, he accepted her refusal? Is that what goes for harassment these days?

    November 10, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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