Cain confirms ‘false accusations’ of sexual harassment
During Monday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Happening Now,” the suddenly embattled former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and Republican presidential front-runner Herman Cain offered a stern denial of allegations, raised in a Sunday Politico story, that he had sexually harassed two women in the late 1990s when he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association.
“I’ve never sexually harassed anyone, and yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association,” Cain said. “And I say falsely because it turned out after the investigation to be baseless. The people mentioned in that article were the ones who would be aware of any misdoings, and they have attested to my integrity and my character. It is totally baseless, and totally false, never have I committed any sort of sexual harassment.”
Cain also said he was unaware of any settlement the National Restaurant Association may have offered his accusers.
“If the restaurant association did a settlement, I am not — I wasn’t even aware of it — and I hope it wasn’t for much, because nothing happened. So if there was a settlement, it was handled by some of the other officers that worked for me at the association.”
Cain added that there should not be any more similar allegations in the future.
“If more allegations come, I assure you, people will simply make them up,” he said. “I was aware of the false accusations that took place at the restaurant association, and then when we were asked for me to comment, they wanted for this to be from two anonymous sources. We weren’t going to go and chase anonymous sources.”
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