I have no idea whether the woman’s story is true or not and whether she was put up to it or not.
But it makes sense to me that, as she described, she and her boyfriend had quasi-partied with Herman while she still had her job. So after she lost her position, she checked in with him to see if he could find her one elsewhere in the association (or at a state association).
I am a woman, just older that Ms Bialek. In the mid 90’s IF I had called up one of my old employers while I was visiting from out of town and agreed to meet up with him in my hotel room, I would have been the sexual agressor.
This type of thing wasn’t done in my day, at least without the expectation of a sexual tryst.
I think she set him up then, as her target. He didn’t take the bait.