Republicans Have Skirt Problem, Bush Problem and Wobbler Problem
When Politico broke the story about two women who filed sexual harassment complaints against Herman Cain when he was the head of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) in the late 90s, it was a question of when would the other shoe drop as is often the case in these types of cases.
That other shoe dropped on Monday when Sharon Bialek of Chicago became the first woman accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment to go public, describing an alleged incident in Washington in 1997 in which the presidential contender, then the president of NRA stuck his hand up her skirt and tried to pull her head toward his crotch.
Bialek was quoted by ABC News Online, as telling Cain, who she had contacted for help getting a job, “What are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend. This isn't what I came here for."
According to Bialek, Cain answered, "You want a job, right?"
Bialek claims that after the incident she rejoined her boyfriend and told him that Cain had been “sexually inappropriate” and further claimed that she recently confronted Cain at a Tea Party event and asked him, "Do you remember me?" and that he had confirmed that he remembered her and he "kind of looked uncomfortable."
"All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false,” said J.D. Gordon, Cain’s spokesman in a terse statement, adding, “Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone."
Bialek, now 50, did not file any complaint at the time this incident is alleged to have occurred but she appeared with attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference at New York's Friars Club where she provided details of what she alleges happened.
Two other women who filed complaints of sexual harassment against Cain at the same time when Cain was head of NRA both declined to speak publicly. On Friday, Joel Bennett, an attorney for one of the first two accusers said she would decline to come forward and discuss the case further.
On Monday, Bennett described Bialek's story to ABC News as familiar. "I'm not authorized to give specifics, but the conduct is similar and it's corroborating evidence for the complaint my client filed."
ABC News said the blonde Bialek “is similar in appearance to the two earlier accusers,” whose identities ABC News had earlier confirmed.
Allred described Bialek as a Republican and the single mother of a 13-year-old who had worked for an educational branch of the National Restaurant Association in Chicago between 1996 and 1997. The NRA confirmed to ABC News that Bialek worked for the trade group from December 1996 to June 1997, but the organization could not provide further information citing company policy that precludes commenting about personnel issues regarding current or former employees other than to confirm dates of employment.Continued on the next page