Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called the sexual harassment allegations against rival Herman Cain by former employee Sharon Bialak, “particularly disturbing.”
“These are serious allegations, George,” Romney told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos during an interview on Tuesday. “And they’re going to have to be addressed seriously. I don’t have any counsel for Herman Cain or for his campaign. They have to take their own counsel on this.”
It’s the farthest Romney has gone in commenting about Cain’s troubles since last week, when allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior first surfaced.
Bialak was the first woman to come out and openly accuse Cain of harassment, dating back to his time as leader of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. She claimed in a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred that Cain took her out for dinner and drinks and made unwanted advances at her in a car in Washington, D.C. in 1997.