Here’s the full video of Herman Cain’s latest accuser, Sharon Bialek and her attorney, Gloria Allred’s press conference about her allegations against Cain that date back to 1997. She claims that after losing her job at the association, she reached out to Cain thinking he could help her find a new job. She traveled to Washington, DC and was surprised to find that he upgraded her room for her. After meeting in the lobby bar and going to dinner, she described the following scenario:
Bialek says Cain took her to the NRA offices — she thought they were going inside, but Cain reached under her skirt to grab her genitals and tried to force her head down to his crotch. She says she said: “What are you doing? That’s not what I came here for.” To which she alleges Cain responded “You want a job don’t you?”
Later she said she attended a recent tea party conference and Herman Cain was a speaker. She said she confronted him and asked if he remembered her. She said that he told her he did remember her from the office, but looked uncomfortable before being whisked away by his handlers.
Herman Cain immediately issued a denial, and Bialek refused to take any questions. I’d like to know if anyone witnessed the confrontation at the tea party rally she described. The allegations are 14 years old, and as Stacy pointed out, the affidavits from the individuals she said she told about the encounter at the time would probably be inadmissable in a court of law. But this is the court of public opinion we’re talking about. Nice Deb is thinking Cain is toast at this point. Tina Korbe is wondering what’s to stop women in the future from coming out with allegations of sexual impropriety against any candidate they choose? That’s an especially troubling thought considering that the media likes to ignore allegations against Democrats.
I don’t know, this doesn’t look good for Cain, even if it was Gloria Allred standing at Bialek’s side. The only good news for him today is that the verdict in the trial against Michael Jackson’s doctor is coming down as I type this, so that story has taken over the airwaves, at least for a little while. BTW – he was found guilty of manslaughter.
Update: Scared Monkeys linked, thanks!
Also see: Who is Sharon Bialek?