Jon Stewart Tries to Explain Herman Cain's Sexual Harassment Accusations (So Does Herman Cain)

The allegations that Herman Cain sexually harassed two female cohorts while he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the '90s are quite serious—but that doesn't mean Jon Stewart can't find a little levity in the situation. Last night, the talk show host took every opportunity to try to explain the events where Cain has come up short, including the quip that well, what isn't sexual about pizza. (Indeed!) But what Stewart did best was explain the hurdle this creates for the presidential hopeful in the 2012 race: "It's one thing to have to reconcile a nonsensical 999 tax plan with existing state taxes, or why you want to defend our border with a giant Mexican-zapper" he said, before showing clips of Cain's interviews about the topic... and coming up befuddled. Watch the video via Mediaite.

In other news, Cain himself detailed the actions that led to the settlement in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren last night. 

Van Susteren asked what Cain did that led to the accusation.  There were reportedly more than one accusations in the complaint, but Cain said he recalled just one incident.  "She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying -- and I was standing close to her -- and I made a gesture saying you are the same height as my wife.  And I brought my hand up to my chin saying, 'My wife comes up to my chin.'"  At that point, Cain gestured with his flattened palm near his chin.  "And that was put in there [the complaint] as something that made her uncomfortable," Cain said, "something that was in the sexual harassment charge."

Van Susteren asked whether the woman complained at the time.  "I can't recall any comment that she made, positive or negative."

As for the other accuser, Cain said he is "totally unaware as to any formal charges from this other person," he said. Read the full piece here.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at November 1, 2011, 5:52am

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