Accuser No. 4: Herman Cain 'Reached for My Genitals'

Sharon Bialek says she's coming forward to put a face on the accusations
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2011 1:57 PM CST
Herman Cain Accuser Sharon Bialek: He 'Reached for My Genitals'
Sharon Bialek speaks at a press conference, describing her encounter with Herman Cain in this CNN screenshot.   (CNN)

A fourth woman came forward to accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment today, and it was a sordid tale, reports Politico. Speaking alongside attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference today, Sharon Bialek said she met with Cain for help finding a job after being dismissed from the National Restaurant Association. When she arrived in Washington, she found herself in a palatial hotel room. “Mr. Cain kind of smirked and said, ‘I upgraded you,’” Bialek recalled. The two then had dinner, after which Cain offered to drive her to his office.

Instead, Bialek says Cain pulled over. “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 toward his crotch." When she asked what he was doing, “Mr. Cain said, ‘You want a job, right?’” She says Cain stopped when told to, and that she never filed a complaint because she wasn't with the NRA anymore. “Mr. Cain, I implore you, make this right,” she said today. Cain’s campaign responded with a statement saying that “all allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false.” It continued: "Fortunately the American people will not allow Mr. Cain’s bold '9-9-9 Plan', clear foreign policy vision, and plans for energy independence to be overshadowed by these bogus attacks." (Click for more on Cain's woes.)

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