Third Woman Accuses Herman Cain of Sexual Harassment

Herman Cain is being accused of sexual harassment by a third former employee.

Reporters follow Presidential hopeful Herman Cain while he meets with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Photo: Talk Radio News Service/Flickr

A third former employee says she considered filing a workplace complaint over what she considered aggressive and unwanted behavior by Herman Cain when she worked for the presidential candidate in the 1990s.

She says the behavior included a private invitation to his corporate apartment.

Earlier this week it was reported that the GOP candidate was accused of sexual harassment by two different women. The women, both former NRA employees, reportedly received five-figure settlement packages after they filed formal workplace complaints.

The third woman told the AP that she considered filing a complaint, but did not.

The woman said she did not file a formal complaint with the restaurant association once she learned another employee had already flagged Cain as a harasser, she told AP.

The woman spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying she feared losing her current job and the possibility of damage to her reputation.

Chris Wilson, a former NRA staffer, told Oklahoma radio station KTOK that he witnessed Cain sexually harassing a woman at Virginia restaurant in the late 90s.

Wilson said that while he could not discuss specifics of what happened, he believes if the woman were to talk about it “I think it’ll be the end of his campaign.”

Wilson confirmed the incident to Politico. “It was very uncomfortable,” he said. Several people asked Cain to stop, but the woman was so flustered that she left the restaurant, Wilson said.

Wilson is now a supporter of Republican rival Rick Perry and runs polls for a “super” political action committee backing Perry’s bid for the White House.

Asked for comment about the accusations, including the most recent, Cain spokesman JD Gordon said: ‘Mr Cain has said over the past two days at public events that we could see other baseless allegations made against him as this appalling smear campaign continues.’

Mr Gordon added: ‘He has never acted in the way alleged by inside-the-Beltway media, and his distinguished record over 40 years spent climbing the corporate ladder speaks for itself.’

Herman Cain’s presidential campaign is accusing rival Rick Perry’s operation of being behind stories about sexual harassment allegations against Cain in the 1990s.

Cain’s campaign manager says the Texas governor should apologise to Cain for providing information about the harassment allegations to the news media.

“It is an outrage.. Rick Perry needs to apologize to Herman Cain and quite frankly to America,” Cain’s chief of staff Mark Block told Fox’s Special Report with Bret Baier.

Perry’s people deny any involvement in the story, and suggested the campaign of yet another candidate, Mitt Romney, might be a source.

Spokesman Ray Sullivan said the Perry campaign learned of the allegations when Politico first published the story late on Sunday evening.

Cain specifically blames a Perry consultant, Curt Anderson. He says he told Anderson about the sexual harassment allegations when Anderson was working on Cain’s 2004 Senate campaign.

Cain told Forbes he briefed Anderson about the restaurant allegations in case the false claims were used against him.

“I told him that there was only one case…Those charges were baseless, but I thought he needed to know about them. I don’t recall anyone else being in the room when I told him,” Cain told Forbes.

Herman Cain is now trying to focus attention on his recent poll numbers. He led the GOP field with 30%, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s 23%, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. Most of the poll was taken before the sexual harassment story broke Sunday night. [via Huff Post, Yahoo!, NY Daily News and Daily Mail]

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