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Herman Cain presses on amid harassment allegations

November 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Allegations of sexual harassment aren't stopping Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain. He was back in Washington on Friday for a scheduled campaign stop.

Three women have come forward accusing Cain of inappropriate behavior while he was president of the National Restaurant Association.

Over the past five days, Cain has repeatedly denied wrongdoing even as he gave conflicting accounts about what - if anything - he knew about the alleged incidents as well as whether he knew about financial settlements two of his accusers reportedly received from the trade group.

Friday, a lawyer for one of Cain's accusers came forward saying his client alleged "several incidents of sexual harassment." The Lawyer, Joel Bennett, said his client agreed to a financial settlement as part of an agreement to leave her job at the National Restaurant Association shortly after lodging the complaint. Bennett did not reveal the identity of the woman, whom he said had decided not "to relive the specifics" of the incidents publicly.

On Friday, the restaurant association said they have yet to decide on whether to allow one of Cain's accusers to release a statement giving her side of the story. Under an agreement stemming from her accusation in 1999, the woman had agreed not to speak publicly about the alleged incident.

The association said that Cain had disputed the woman's allegations back when she first lodged them.

Meantime, a group called Americans for Cain released an online video portraying the sexual harassment allegations as racially motivated.

The political ad closes with a clip of Clarence Thomas, who came under similar scrutiny during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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