Skip to comments.First woman goes public with harassment claim against Cain (Her name is Sharon Bialek)
Posted on 11/07/2011 11:50:36 AM PST by SeekAndFind
A week after Politico published vague, second-hand accounts of possible sexual harassment by Herman Cain during his tenure at the National Restaurant Association, one woman has gone on the record with specific allegations from fourteen years ago. Sharon Bialek, described by her representative Gloria Allred as a single mom, says that Cain groped her — but backed off after she told him to stop:
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A fourth woman said Monday that presidential candidate Herman Cain engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with her more than decade ago, though Cain was not her supervisor at the time.
Sharon Bialek, the first woman to publicly accuse Cain of inappropriate behavior, said Cain was “sexually inappropriate” with her in 1997, saying he put his hand under her skirt and pushed her head toward his crotch after a dinner together. She said he backed away after she asked him to stop.
“I want you to come clean, Mr. Cain,” she said in a New York City press conference at the Friars Club with her attorney, Gloria Allred at her side. Allred is known for her media savvy and for representing women who have had legal issues with the rich and powerful.
Three other women have reportedly accused Cain of inappropriate behavior while he was running the National Restaurant Association, but none has made public charges against him.
Mediate has the video of her statement and a transcript of the specific allegation:
At that time I had on a black pleated skirt, a suit jacket and a blouse. He had on a suit with his shirt open. But instead of going into the offices, he suddenly reached over and he put his hand on my leg under my skirt and reached for my genitals. He also grabbed my head and brought it towards his crotch. I was very, very surprised and very shocked. I said, What are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend. This isnt what I came here for.
Mr. Cain said, You want a job, right? I asked him to stop, and he did. I asked him to take me back to my hotel, which he did right away.
Cain immediately issued a statement regarding the charges:
Just as the country finally begins to refocus on our crippling $15 trillion national debt and the unacceptably high unemployment rate, now activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain.
All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false. Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone. Fortunately the American people will not allow Mr. Cains bold 9-9-9 Plan, clear foreign policy vision and plans for energy independence to be overshadowed by these bogus attacks.
I’d call that a complete denial, but having someone go on the record will make it more difficult for Cain to ignore the story, as he had planned to do with last week’s allegations. Despite Allred’s stupid comment about calling the incident Cain’s “idea of a stimulus package,” the fact that someone is willing to go on record and give specifics on a charge will make this seem a lot more credible than last week’s vague reporting from Politico. Making that more difficult is the statement from Bialek and Allred that the purported victim is a Tea Party Republican, which might indicate less of a credibility issue than otherwise.
Next question -— How is Sharon Bialek going to PROVE that what she said is true?
What evidence do we have or what can we get?
Where da white women dat?
I don’t believe it for a second, but these are the sort of people who have no problem with what TSA is doing to men, women, and children. Because their Dear Leader told them it’s “for their safety.”
She didn't call a cab? She felt "harrassed" by this guy but not so much that she was willing to trust being alone in a car with him?
We need some pics of her from 14 years ago.
fired up EVEN MORE NOW!!!
Anything (ANYTHING!) involving Gloria Allred is a total fake and fraud. If this alleged victim couldn’t find a real lawyer, she has no credibility at all. Her claim to be a tea party Republican is an obvious lie to appeal to the MSM.
Never too late for a Hustler $1M centerfold.
The media will rush to Cain’s defense because the accuser is a tea party republican (racist) </sarcasm>
Before it’s over “AMBULANCE CHASER” extroidinaire Gloria All-Red will be fronting for all of them.
saying he put his hand under her skirt and pushed her head toward his crotch after a dinner together. She said he backed away after she asked him to stop.
Thats not harrassment, as described, thats assault. So just where is any sort of proof....or is it simply enough for a woman to say it?
This is getting disgusting. And not on Cain’s part.
Wow. Rove working overtime. He must be terrified of Cain.
So now it is a “he said, she said” proposition. The question is “why now?”. Is she doing this on principle, that a would be womanizer should not be President? What is the point of the accusation now? She is taking a big risk coming out and making this accusation, which is why Cain can’t just ignore this.
Knowing a negative can’t be proven, especially from so long ago, these two know it’s going to be difficult for Cain to refute the accusation. It comes down to a classic “he said - she said” situation... one that the guy isn’t going to win, because the public is pre-disposed to believe the purported “victim.”
Mission accomplished, Gloria? If not, do you have more horses in the stable to bring onto the field?
She keeps almost laughing as she’s talking. This is disgusting.
“Next question - How is Sharon Bialek going to PROVE that what she said is true?”
Exactly. If she doesn’t have proof, nothing she says means SQUAT.
If this works, any leftist can come forward and say anything about ANY of our candidates, in an attempt to knock them out of the box - and we have absolutely no recourse.
Sevebteen years after the “fact”? A government worker? A Knock kncok joke. Maybe her dirty mind was working overtime. I’ll bet she doesn’t do that at work. I wonder how much they are paying her to do this. If it goes that far, I hope the judge has the good sense to dismiss it.
Go Herman Cain! Last week we were 100% for you. This week we are 200% for you!
this is laughable
First of all she didn't work for him... so how can it be workplace harassment?
at most... he made a pass at her. But I don't even buy that, this woman is just some nut looking for her 5 minutes of fame.
Can the Cain campaign start rolling out lawsuits against this sort of thing?
Airbrushing and a few well placed botox injections in the fur patch and derriere will guarantee a nice Hustler Centerfold.
What evidence do we have or what can we get?
Don't you know evidence doesn't matter if the accused is a conservative?
Now she’s going to start to complain when Cain’s “henchmen” start nosing into her own life, asking questions of friends and neighbors old and new.
Unless a blue dress or some DNA or a love child can be found, I think the worst verdict about Cain is going to remain “not proven.” Especially since there seem to be no shortage of ladies who can vouch that Cain never acted like anything but a gentleman in their private presence.
Bet that it will, regardless of who the nominee is.
Looks like she’s sporting a dueling scar from a Prussian military academy.
If the above story is all that happened there is nothing here, it seem to me to be relatively normal behavior to try to get a little, and as he stopped when asked and took her home rightaway when asked, seems to me he was a perpect gentleman, go away Gloria, chase Clinton instead, much more exiting stuff there
sounds bogus. should look into her background. The other 2 women are hiding because they know it would all come out and be discredited. past lawsuits they filed, more fake allegations and accusations, lying behavior etc. just like the duke lacrosse case and fake beiber baby momma.
If Cain, or anybody who has reached the same lofty heights as he has, were truly into this sort of thing, I'd expect them to artfully deploy some charm or originality or at least deniability into their move.
The blunt dialog is the product of a simple mind, now I have to guess who the simple mind belongs to. Cain's a bit low on the suspect list.
Allred is a media who$e. I am surprised she has not gotten involved with the other accusers. I guess they were smarter than this current accuser and hired real lawyers.
Wonder if Cain will try to blame this on the Perry campaign too?
Which is why Cain can’t pull out now. If he does, then the left can pull this crap off whenever they want.
There are two people she confided in at the time who have signed affidavits.
I don’t think even Tokyo Rove would stoop this low. But I could be wrong . . .
“Anything (ANYTHING!) involving Gloria Allred is a total fake and fraud. If this alleged victim couldnt find a real lawyer, she has no credibility at all. Her claim to be a tea party Republican is an obvious lie to appeal to the MSM.”
Same thing I thought when I heard Allred was behind this.
She never filed charges, she never even spoke with anyone about it until she magically met Gloria the Professional Dirt-Peddler. How convenient.
And people will believe her because after all....he’s black.
Her story sounds a lot like it was SHE who flirted with Herman. I would not be surprised if Herman, even back when he was still a Rat, rebuffed it. Now she’s shouting an “embellished” version to the skies.
Offer proof or go away. “She said, he said” will not cut it.
Check out her political contributions and orientation.
The answer to your question of “why now” is because he wasn’t a threat to Obama before now. I’m still going to vote for him anyway.
This sounds like the 50’s. White woman sexually assulted by a black man. Attack seems to be aimed at the alledged racist nature of conservatives.
Apparently she works in ad sales for CBS Radio in Chicago.
Must be having a tough time selling spots for ambulance chasers and tire stores on WBBM in this lousy Obama economy.
You know, I’m not close to convinced that any of this happened, but even if I came to believe it did, I think that, as disappointed as I’d be in Cain, I’d have a hard time not adopting the position of “You know, you liberals went to the wall to convince everyone that ‘just sex’ wasn’t important when evaluating a President’s behavior, so I’m gonna hold you to it, and disregard it in my evaluation of this presidential candidate. As of now, you have no say in the matter.”
we got sworn hearsay? ooh!
When I listened to a clip of her the words that jumped out at me were “I asked him to stop and he did.”
POLL to FREEP
I don’t believe one word of it. Not one word. Another contribution to go to Cain.
Is she yet another aging, gold-digging bimbo that smells money and fame?
Her alleged comments and claims are unproven, common, everyday events that fail to meet the criteria required for genuine sexual harassment. This stuff is getting boring.
Is this what feminism is all about, self-serving stretches of laws intended to protect the vulnerable, fair sex?
This is beyond insane.