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.
Can you screenshot that and post it in this thread?
Barack Obama rached for my genitals and pushed my head down to. Where is the media? I need to get this story out.
RE: It started by accepting the hotel room after you heard he upgraded her. It continued with drinks and dinner.
First things to check —
1) Name of the Hotel.
2) Date and Time of alleged occurence of incident.
3) HOTEL LOGS ( if they keep it way back to 15 years ).
If all of the above coherently check out, then we just might have some plausible credibility but not until.
It's also funny how the NRA, a political lobbyist group, is the only place that is coming forward with these claims. What about the 40 plus years Cain spent in the private sector? If he was supposedly so active in harrassing for the 3 years he was working at the NRA there should be literally hundreds of women that should be coming forward from all the other places he's worked.
Larry Sinclair said the same thing
If that is her facebook page, notice all the FRIEND and SUBSCRIPTION connections to a lot of black people, most notably those in Africa... Lots of self described Liberals on her friends list.
Also has a political advisor to the Huntsman Campaign as a subscription...
If this is her, again, I dount she is a Tea Party Republican...
Or maybe it just proves the “victim” didn’t take it as an assault, but just as an unwanted pass. Or a provoked pass that she then rejected.
Anyway, she says her response to the alleged act was, “You know I have a boyfriend!”
As if otherwise, hey, cool.
Clearly, she was neither offended, nor traumatized, nor scandalized by this alleged incident.
Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be extremely disappointed in Mr. Cain if he were engaging in this sort of conduct. But this woman’s own statement, and the fact that she never made a complaint to the NRA, does not support the “outrage” she says she feels now, over a decade later.
Better get a screen grab of that before it goes away.
See, when you’ve got DARTH VADER and BEN KENOBI on the same side, what does that say? :D
Glad to see I was right, you can be redeemed. :p
Allred's "team" is scouring the country to find a boyfriend and mentor to collaborate her story ...stay tuned!
I didn’t see where she filed a formal complaint ever or got any kind of “settlement.”
Maybe I missed something?
Ha! A little Erich Von Stroheim look there!
Mid July 97 I think is all she said
If her claims are true (which I HIGHLY doubt), what she describes is sexual harassment. This is the first paragraph of the definition of sexual harassment from the EEOC website (emphasis added):
"It is unlawful to harass a person ( an applicant or employee) because of that persons sex. Harassment can include sexual harassment or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature."
If she was asking for a job she would be considered an applicant and if (mind, I say IF) Cain stated or implied her hiring was dependant on sexual favors, he would be guilty of harassment.
But a number of people have spoken about Cain's behavior over the years and this is totally out of character from the man they have described. Does that mean it is impossible? No. Less likely? Yes.
But, as Ann Coulter asked in her column last week, whatever happened to the "one free grope" rule? This was the constant excuse for Democrats - they tried something, but they stopped when asked. Have we suddenly had a rule change (retroactive to 14 years ago)?
One of the co-authors of the original Politico story was on a local radio show last Monday and whenever she was questioned about anything, her pat answer was that "I'll let the story speak for itself." Well, it has spoken for itself - and proved to be a poorly sourced, non-specific piece of garbage more intended to slander Cain with innuendo than to rightfully "inform the public". I put this story in the same garbage heap until I see some verifiable facts on the table.
She sure was smiling a lot when she read her statement. She knows it’s a lie and can’t believe anyone actually thinks there is some merit, or at least reporting it like there is some merit.
This will just result in another boost in the polls for Cain and fundraising.
If something did happen, I’m sorry to say that I would believe that she started it. I’ve worked in male-dominated fields my entire life, including in the liquor industry, even before these extreme PC days. I’ve never had a problem with anyone I worked with or for!!! And, like someone said, she wasn’t even working there anymore...
I also don’t know how she can remember such details (what he said, what she said) so many years later??? I’d say that I have a decent memory and don’t alter things, and I can’t remember conversations that far. I might remember a sentence or two, or the gist of things, but not to the extent she was painting it.
If she’s a Republican, I’d like to know for how long? This could have been planned for a while.
I had the same take on her story.
She really went out of her way to see him that night.
Of course, it’s never a good idea to go to dinner alone with someone in this type of situation.
“Id 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 weeks allegations. Despite Allreds stupid comment about calling the incident Cains 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 weeks 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.”
Well you go ahead and buy it then, Hotair.
It will make it easier for us to stop vising your site.