Herman Cain accuser stands by 1999 harassment claims, won’t reveal details; NRA confirms complaint
Bennett speaks to the press Friday (Jose Luis Magana/AP)
A woman who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment in 1999 said Friday through her attorney that she stands by her claims but will not be speaking further on the matter, citing a desire to avoid reliving the case.
“She has decided not to relive the specifics of the incident,” attorney Joel Bennett said at a press conference in Washington, D.C. on behalf of his client saying it would be “extremely painful” for her to do so. He confirmed no details about exactly what was alleged.
“We’re not going to get more specific about what was physical, what was verbal. It qualified as sexual harassment in our opinion.”
Bennett said the presidential candidate knows “exactly” the incidents in question. “If he chooses to not remember or not acknowledge those, that’s his issue.”
Bennett said he would not disclose the amount of the monetary settlement his client was awarded by the National Restaurant Association. He also noted that Cain–who was then president of the NRA–did not sign settlement documents. Cain has stated he has no knowledge of a settlement involving this accuser–or with any other women who had lodged sexual harassment allegations against him.
Bennett said his client wished for her attorney to address the complaints after Cain and his staff labeled them “baseless.” Bennett also stressed that his client wishes to remain anonymous.
Politico reported Sunday that at least two women made complaints to the NRA of sexual harassment by Cain. Bennett said “the fact that there are multiple complaints tells me more likely than not that there was some sexual harassment activity by this man at that time . . . . The fact that there was more than one complaint is meaningful.”
The NRA confirmed in a statement Friday that it carried out an internal investigation of this accuser’s harassment claim. The organization also confirmed that Cain denied wrongdoing, and that it reached an agreement with the woman without the direct involvement of Cain. The NRA did not reveal the results of its internal investigation.
Chris Moody contributed to this report.
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