Herman Cain says allegations of sexual harassment are 'baseless'
Herman Cain says he was falsely accused of sexual harassment, reports Fox News. Is Herman Cain's presidential bid in trouble?
Herman Cain is getting grilled today about new revelations that two former employees at the National Restaurant Association accepted cash settlements in return for signing non-disclosure agreements after leveling sexual harassment charges (claiming inappropriate physical gestures as well as verbal exchanges) at Mr. Cain.Skip to next paragraph
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How Cain addresses all this today will be critical.
He told Fox News this morning:
"I have never sexually harassed anyone. Secondly, and yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association. I say falsely because after this investigation, it turned out to be baseless."
Asked if he had ever had to pay someone as a result of a sexual harassment claim, Cain said:
"Outside of the Restaurant Association, absolutely not. If the Restaurant Association did a settlement, I wasn’t even aware of it and I hope it wasn’t for much because nothing happened. If it was handled, it would have been handled by some of the other offices that worked for me."
Finally, Cain was asked if there will be more allegations of this kind.
"Absolutely not. If more allegations come, other people will simply make them up."
At the National Press Club, moments ago, Cain said:
He doesn't "think this sexual harassment thing is going to have legs," reports USA TODAY. "First, it's not true and second we're not going to chase two anonymous sources," Cain said before addressing the National Press Club.
In the meantime, DCDecoder offer a few thoughts.
In a nutshell: While it’s unclear exactly where all this is heading, and many details have yet to emerge, we think this could seriously damage Cain’s campaign.
Yes, Cain has so far appeared almost totally impervious to gaffes (on issues ranging from abortion to foreign policy) that probably would have sunk any other candidate. But these accusations, reported by Politico, are of an entirely different nature - ugly and personal - and they hit directly at Cain’s primary source of strength: his likability.