Fourth Woman Accuses Herman Cain of Sexual Harassment

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Sharon Bialek attends a news conference to accuse Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment more than a decade ago on November 7, 2011 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Accusations are mounting against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. In a press conference on Monday, a woman from Chicago, Sharon Bialek, openly accused Cain of groping her inappropriately when she was seeking a job over a decade ago. She is the first to publicly accuse Mr. Cain. Bialek was accompanied by superstar lawyer Gloria Allred. The Cain campaign issued a statement moments after the news conference started saying, "Activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain."

Journalist Farai Chideya and Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, CEO of Christie Strategies, and former special assistant to President George W. Bush, discuss the political fallout, and potential repercussions for the Cain campaign.

Guests:

Farai Chideya and Ron Christie

Comments [11]

James Clarke from Pittsburgh, PA

Why haven't any gay men accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment?

After all, if this scandal is a machination of a democratic/liberal conspiracy to discredit him and keep him out of the white house because he's a conservative, wouldn't gay men have a vested interest in assassinating his character?

Nov. 09 2011 09:41 AM

Herman Cain's press conference on this issue was not impressive, despite his specificity. To deny strongly is a good way to lie. Nor do lie detectors necessarily detect lies. If the women, however, are the liars, the question is why. So far we have no reason to doubt them. Reporters need to dig deeper into the story. It's not insignificant.

Nov. 09 2011 07:53 AM
Richard Carlson from Athens, Ohio

I was accused of sexual harassment at my workplace in the public schools. The alleged occasion took place during a birthday party where my accuser and I were surrounded by 30 people, all watching us. The investigation was handed over by the superintendent to the biggest law firm in Ohio. It went on for 10 months, after which the case was dropped because no witness saw anything of the sort. However, the gossip and stigma through the entire school system in the meantime made work there unbearable. I was diagnosed with PTSD and put on medication. My union rep, a woman, remarked to the assistant superintendent, the director of special services, and the principal of my school, all men, that in the current climate she could walk out of the conference room, accuse any one of them of anything she might dream up, and destroy that person utterly.

Nov. 08 2011 04:28 PM
Leigh Morrison from Eagle Mnt. UT

This arena should be preserved for real statesmen & women not wantabees. Our country is on the brink of disaster. Let's get serious folks and down to work at saving our nation, not wasting our brain trust dealing with this trash.

Nov. 08 2011 01:36 PM
zoe from fort lauderdale, fl

what cain did is bribery! he asked (or pushed) for sexual favors in exchange for help finding a job. people who condone bribery--in any form--should not be in the white house. we already have enough of them in congress.

Nov. 08 2011 10:43 AM
listener

So a great interest in harassment and a great interest in the OWS protests but absolutely no interest in the several assault allegations happening at the Occupy protests including a women only safety tent constructed at OWS to prevent assaults against women?

If the Occupy protests gain popularity thanks to their sympathizers in the media, "does this mean that" the media "tolerates this kind of behavior" at demonstrations?

Isn't the seriousness of this allegation against Cain undermined when the legal council makes tasteless jokes like "stimulus package" in reference to an assault?

Nov. 08 2011 09:49 AM
Jennifer from Pittsburgh

As someone who has experienced sexual harassment on the job, I can tell you it is demeaning, demoralizing and painful. It is not something I would choose to relive by telling the stories over and over again, especially in the public arena. I commend Ms. Bialek for coming forward at great risk to her reputation (for Cain's people are sure to skewer her). If Cain is guilty of groping (four women coming forward is indicative of a pattern) then he has no business in the White House. Sexual harassment isn't about sex, it is about showing power over another AND show a gross lack of respect towards women.

Nov. 08 2011 09:08 AM
Forever Parsing from new york

If somebody tried to push my face into their crotch, I might be a bit more outraged and say something stronger than "Oh don't you know I have a boyfriend"? So, if she didn't have a boyfriend, she would have been okay with it?

Nov. 08 2011 08:22 AM
anna22 from new york

Again, the same problem. Sexual harassment on the job - oh no, but breaking legs and heads on the job is fine in our freedom loving nation. It a free country, and our bosses are free to break any part of their subjects they think deserves to be broken.

Nov. 08 2011 08:01 AM
Peg

Re: "Activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain."

Because Allred also went after "the character" of democrat Anthony Wiener, seems she should be termed an "Equal Opportunity...a...ttorney."

Nov. 08 2011 07:29 AM
Todd

I think that the real story here is that we care so much. Spending so much time on whether or not Herman Cain is worthy of the top job overlooks the more salient concern: he is absolutely nowhere near qualified.

Nov. 08 2011 07:16 AM

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