When businessman Herman Cain was the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, he was reportedly accused of sexually inappropriate behavior by at least two female coworkers.
According to POLITICO, the women described “unwanted sexual advances” made by Cain while he was running the association. The women reportedly left the organization after receiving “sealed settlements” to avoid formal legal actions.
The Presidential candidate is largely disregarding the story as an attempt at a smear campaign by members of the mainstream establishment who fear his frontrunner status.
A statement on Cain’s website responds to the attacks: “Since Washington establishment critics haven’t had much luck in attacking Mr. Cain’s ideas to fix a bad economy and create jobs, they are trying to attack him in any way they can.”
The statement also calls the allegations “thinly sourced” attempts to “cast aspersions” on Cain’s character.
Cain said in a later interview that he was “falsely accused” of sexual harassment during his time at the National Restaurant Association and that he had “never sexually harassed anyone,” according to The Washington Post.
POLITICO is standing behind the story despite the criticism from Cain’s campaign and notes that while the candidate is attacking, he is not denying the allegations.