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article imageHerman Cain: 'I have never sexually harassed anyone'

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 1, 2011 in Politics
Washington - GOP presidential top-runner Herman Cain is facing what certainly is the biggest test of credibility so far in his presidential campaign. In a TV interview on Monday, he, once again, denied allegations of sexual harassment against him in recent reports.
Digital Journal reported that on Sunday, Herman Cain campaign spokesman issued a statement denying allegations of sexual harassment in a report by Politico.
On Monday, the former president and CEO of National Restaurant Association, in a TV interview on Fox News Channel with Greta Van Susteren, said the cases have been investigated and found to be baseless. He, however, admitted he remembered the case of a woman who was a writer in the communications department of the Association. Cain, according to The Weekly Standard, said:
"I can't even remember her name, but I do remember the formal allegation she made in terms of sexual harassment...I turned it over to my general counsel and one of the ladies that worked for me, the woman in charge of human resources. They did investigate…and it was found to be baseless."
In answer to Van Susteren's inquiry on how often he saw the woman, Cain explained: "I might see her in the office because her office was on the same floor as my office."
Van Susteren also wanted to know whether the woman traveled with Cain. Cain answered, emphatically: "No, never..."
Cain described the woman as being in her late 30s or early 40s and younger than himself.
Van Susteren inquired on the details of what led to the accusation from the woman. Cain was vague in his response, only saying:
"She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying — and I was standing close to her — and I made a gesture saying you are the same height as my wife. And I brought my hand up to my chin saying, 'My wife comes up to my chin. 'And that was put in there as something that made her uncomfortable...something that was in the sexual harassment charge."
Cain, also, couldn't remember whether the woman complained while she was in his office.
Herman Cain, in response to PBS Judy Woodruff's question on the terms of the settlement and whether he was aware of it, answered:
"I was not. I was aware that an agreement was reached. The word 'settlement' versus the word 'agreement,' you know, I'm not sure what they called it. I know that there was some sort of agreement, but because it ended up being minimal, they didn't have to bring it to me. My general counsel and the head of human resources had the authority to resolve this thing. So it wasn't one of those things where it got above a certain authority level and I had to sign it. If I did — and I don't think I did — I don't even remember signing it because it was minimal in terms of what the agreement was."
Cain, in the interview, was emphatic: "I have never sexually harassed anyone — anyone — and, absolutely, I — these are false accusations."
Philadelphia Inquirer notes uncertainty persists about the allegations against Cain given that his explanations so far are not detailed enough for judgment on the issues raised. According to Steve Scheffler chairman of the Iowa Faith and Coalition:
"The verdict is out, and people want to give him the benefit of the doubt...If it's no more than exaggerations or rumors, his campaign is not hurt. If it's more than that, there could be some challenges for him."
Iowa is one of the early voting states, and Philadelphia Inquirer comments that Iowa is probably the most important state to Cain's campaign.
Philadelphia Inquirer also reports that Cain has other new questions to contend with in allegations of violation of campaign finance regulations. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, according to Philadelphia Inquirer, reports that Prosperity USA, a tax-exempt organization founded by Cain's chief of staff Mark Block, paid Cain's travel expenses to Iowa, Louisiana, Las Vegas and Houston, including $3,764 for iPads.
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