Herman Cain: Sexual harassment allegations help campaign fund raising
Herman Cain raised $400,000 Monday, as Cain attempted to clear up confusion over his different accounts about the harassment controversy.
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All parties associated with the allegations of sexual harassment by Herman Cain in the 1990s are now consulting their respective lawyers about what they can or cannot say. And the resolution is likely to influence how much longer this is an issue for the Herman Cain campaign. Meanwhile, the controversy is helping - not hurting - his campaign funding.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Tuesday declared himself the victim of a "smear campaign" - and that his campaign raised more than $400,000 on Monday. Cain spent Tuesday attempting to clear up confusion over conflicting accounts he gave about the controversy, in which two women reportedly accused him of sexual harassment when he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.
The lawyer for one of the women asked the association to release her from a confidentiality agreement to allow her to tell her side of the story, since Cain was telling his, The Washington Post reported.
"It's just frustrating that Herman Cain is going around bad-mouthing the two complainants, and my client is blocked by a confidentiality agreement," lawyer Joel Bennett told the newspaper.
"My client made a good-faith, honest complaint of sexual harassment," the attorney said in a separate interview on CNN.
Bennett said his client was still deciding whether she wants to go public if the restaurant association releases her from a confidentially agreement.
The National Restaurant Association said it had not been in contact with the lawyer.
""We have seen media reports that attorney Joel Bennett is publicly making requests on behalf of a former National Restaurant Association employee. Mr. Bennett has not been in contact with the Association. If we are contacted by Mr. Bennett, we will respond as appropriate," association spokeswoman Sue Hensley said in a statement.
Cain, asked in a Fox News interview if he would waive the confidentiality agreement so the woman could respond, said he could not answer yet because of legal implications and the need for consultations with his lawyers.
"I can't answer that right now. It's too soon" he said.
He said he did not think he violated the agreement because he did not mention the woman's name.
Cain acknowledged that a cash payout was made to a woman who filed a harassment claim, after saying on Monday he was not aware of a settlement.
Cain told CNN Headline News that at the time of the claims he did not consider the woman to have received a "settlement" but rather a separation "agreement."
"I didn't change my story. I just simply got the wording right and the difference between settlement and agreement is a difference for me," he said.
Cain said he was only aware of one woman who had made the accusation. News website Politico said there were two.