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Herman Cain ‘totally respects women,’ wife says


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Monday, November 14, 2011 --

ANN CURRY, co-host: We’re going to now make a turn now to politics and the newest claim of sexual misconduct leveled against GOP front-runner Herman Cain . A fourth accuser came forward on Monday. We’ll talk to her in just a moment, but first, NBC ‘s Kelly O’Donnell is in Washington with details. Kelly , good morning.


KELLY O’DONNELL reporting: Good morning, Ann. This latest accuser said she wanted to put a face and voice to the other women who have also claimed that Herman Cain committed some kind of sexual harassment against them. Now, this woman had not filed a formal complaint but she came forward with some specific and even graphic details about what she says happened when she spent time with Cain . Cain made a campaign stop on late-night TV .


Mr. HERMAN CAIN: All things considered, I’m still alive.


O’DONNELL: Herman Cain with host Jimmy Kimmel .


Mr. CAIN: The feelings that you have when you know that all of this is totally fabricated, you go from anger, then you go — you get disgusted because there’s not an ounce of truth in all of these accusations.


O’DONNELL: That was just hours after Sharon Bialek , a single mother from Chicago , provided a lengthy account claiming Cain groped her 14 years ago. Ms. SHARON BIALEK (Woman Coming Forward to Accuse Herman Cain of Sexual Harassment ): 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.


O’DONNELL: In 1997 , Bialek had been let go from an education foundation tied to the National Restaurant Association where Cain was president. She says she knew Cain and wanted his help to find a job. Her attorney is Gloria Allred .


Ms. GLORIA ALLRED (Host, “We The People With Gloria Allred”): Instead of receiving the help that she had hoped for, Mr. Cain instead decided to provide her with his idea of a stimulus package.


Ms. BIALEK: I said, ‘What are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend. This isn’t what I came here for.’ Mr. Cain said, ‘You want a job, right?’


O’DONNELL: Late Monday night his campaign lashed out at Bialek calling her “a woman with a long history of severe financial difficulties, including personal bankruptcy.” Meanwhile, the lawyer for another accuser who had filed a complaint and received a settlement was pleased Bialek spoke out.


Mr. JOEL BENNETT (Attorney): Her allegations are similar to the incidents that my client suffered, not exactly the same but similar, and it — to me it shows a pattern.


O’DONNELL: And Cain says he will fight back with a news conference this afternoon where he will be in Phoenix and we already get a sense of what he will say. His campaign is saying that Gloria Allred , the attorney, is a Democratic activist who is celebrity-seeking and he will make the suggestion that opponents somehow convinced Sharon Bialek to come forward with false accusations, he says, with a potential of somehow making money. Allred says



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