Fourth Woman Accuses Cain of Sexual Harrassment—Will Go Public Today

Over the weekend, Herman Cain summarily decided that he would no longer be answering questions regarding the sexual harassment settlements he made while he was heading the National Restaurant Association. During Saturday's Tea Party-sponsored debate with Newt Gingrich, when reporters approached the subject, Cain responded, "Don't even go there." (Steve Benen has a great piece on the topic.)

But despite his efforts to cover up and ignore the scandal, it looks like Cain might indeed be having to go there once again. A fourth woman is now accusing Cain of sexual harassment during his tenure in the restaurant business—but unlike the women Cain settled with, she is going public. Today. In a press conference with Gloria Allred, who the woman hired as her lawyer, at 1:30 PM in New York—which means she either didn't settle with Cain, or didn't sign a settlement non-disclosure. Says Radar Online, which broke the story: "The woman, who will be the first to go public on Monday, sought Cain's help with an employment issue and was allegedly sexually harassed by him. Allred and her client will discuss, in detail, what she alleges occurred with Cain."

Meanwhile, mainstream news outlets continue to report that the sexual harassment revelations have not harmed Cain's chances at the presidency, even though polls show otherwise. It will be interesting to see how the story unfolds, once a woman is willing and able to speak out about the alleged harassment. As Rep. Jim Clyburn (D, SC) put it over the weekend, "I think he thought he could just explain this away or ignore and it'd go away. That may work in the corporate world where he can just pay someone off and somebody will be quiet but you can't do that in this world."  

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at November 7, 2011, 5:09am