In this still taken from the AP’s video footage, Cain accuser Sharon Bialek, center, talks as her lawyer Gloria Allred and an unidentified man look on.
Let’s see Herman Cain get out of this one. On Monday, one Sharon Bialek came forward to put a public face on the group of women, now holding at four, who have accused the GOP presidential hopeful of sexual harassment. And you know Gloria Allred was there.
As Bialek told it at a news conference in New York, she sought Cain’s help in 1997 to get a job at the National Restaurant Association while he was head of the organization and consulted him at a bar near his D.C. office. That’s when Cain crossed the line, according to Bialek, but his camp is staying on message and flatly denying the charges. —KA
Update: Video coverage of Monday’s news conference is posted below.
The Huffington Post:
Bialek said the alleged incident in question occurred down the street from the NRA headquarters. Describing what happened she said, “Instead of going into the offices, he suddenly reached over and put his hand on my leg, up my skirt, and towards my genitals.” She recalled that when she protested the advances, Cain said, “You want a job right?”
Bialek alleged that Cain also “grabbed [her] head and brought it towards his crotch.” She said that she was “shocked” by the behavior.
After losing her job, Bialek allegedly turned to Cain for help. Allred said on Monday, “Mr. Cain instead decided to try to provide her with his idea of a stimulus package.”