Bialek: Son Pushed Me to 'Tell On' Herman Cain

Sharon Bialek also recalls Tea Party encounter with Cain
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2011 11:10 AM CST
Bialek: Son Pushed Me to 'Tell On' Herman Cain
Sharon Bialek, a Chicago-area woman, waits to address a news conference at the Friars Club, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

It was Sharon Bialek’s 13-year-old son who convinced her to go public with her sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain, she told CNN this morning. "He said, 'Mom, you have to do the right thing. I think you need to tell on him.'" As for the derision that’s followed in the wake of her statement, "I expected it," she said. But she insists she has "nothing to gain" and has not been paid even though she could have sold her story, the Chicago Tribune reports.

She also acknowledged seeing Cain at a Tea Party event this year, and says she "shook his hand and he remembered me. He looked a little uncomfortable." But a source who witnessed the encounter tells the Chicago Sun-Times Cain and Bialek fully embraced as she whispered in his ear. "It looked sort of flirtatious," says the witness. "I mean they were hugging. But she could have been giving him the kiss of death for all I know." Click for more from a fifth woman who has a sketchy story about Cain. (More Herman Cain 2012 stories.)

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