Herman Cain Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations

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GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain denied allegations of sexual harassment Monday following a report that he treated two women inappropriately in the 1990s.

A report, which first surfaced in Politico, suggested that Cain had sexually harassed two female subordinates while he chaired the National Restaurant Association.

In an interview with PBS' Newshour, Cain was asked if there was any behavior on his part that may have been considered inappropriate. The businessman answered:

"In my opinion, no. But, as you would imagine, it's in the eye of the person who thinks that maybe I crossed the line."

"I worked for the Department of the Navy, the Coca-Cola company, Pillsbury, Burger King, Godfather's Pizza. Years and years and years of working in the business environment working around men, women, all types of people."

"Never, never have I been accused of any sort of sexual harassment. I have never sexually harassed anyone. This false allegation to now come up is kind of baffling."

Herman Cain, a former pizza company CEO, headed the association from 1996-99. The women later left the group after reaching undisclosed financial settlements.

Cain said he only recalls innocuously commenting about the height of one of the women who complained about inappropriate behavior.

"As I have been beat upon all day about this I've been thinking, 'what could it have been?' And then I did recall one mention in the formal complaint that my general counsel shared, and that was, one day I was gesturing standing near this lady that she was as tall as my wife," he said, gesturing to his own chin. "Five feet tall."

"Because my wife comes up to my chin, and I was gesturing to this lady, standing next to her, almost shoulder to shoulder, saying you're about the same height as my wife. That was mentioned in the allegation, to my surprise. And so that was the only thing I could recollect that was mentioned as one of the possible things."

Once a formal charge had been launched, Cain said he directed his general counsel and the head of the human resources department to investigate.

"They then went and reviewed the formal charge, worked on the situation for months, and came back and said, it's baseless. No facts," Cain said.

Not to get all political here, but it's funny how we were reporting the Rielle Hunter scandal for like a year before anyone else, while both Cain and his competitor Rick Perry have been hit hard by the media over scandals with seemingly less merit.

Just saying.

Cain has risen to the top of many polls as he seeks the Republican nomination for president. Time will tell if voters consider this as baseless as he does.

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T-jones

You don't get it, do you?! Since I did not ask for your opinions, I DON'T CARE WHAT YOUR OPINIONS ARE!!!! Go find someone else to play cute with, because you are wasting your time here. Can't you tell when someone doesn't like you?! Go waste someone else's time and energy! Who do you think you are you referring as T-Bone? And tell you mama that she still needs to spend more time with you. You obviously feels neglected. So tell your mama that she didn't do it right the first time! Your comments doesn't make any sense....not even to you!

T-jones

Comment #11 is @ Obvious!

T-jones

Yeah, anybody can talk smack on a computer using a keyboard. But the truth of the matter, you don't know Jack Squat. That's why you're an ignorant racist....straight from hell! You don't seem to get the jest that you don't dictate ANYTHING to me. I will vote for whoever I want to vote for and whenever I feel like voting for them. I'll bet you wasn't showing your ugly behind when Bush and all of those other clowns was president. So, it is time that someone else is given a chance other than idiots such as yourself. And I get the jest of what you are implying about how BLACK FOLKS NEED TO STAND ON THEIR OWN TWO FEET! That's crap!! Because it's just another one of your strategies that people like you have been using since the beginning of time. Translation......DIVIDE AND CONCUR!!!

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@T-Jones I don't take Fair warnings well! It's time "Some" Americans " stop waiting for "Obama" or other Saviors to take from the Wealthy and give to the poor. Robin Hood- he was Fiction! For you or anyone else who says they may just switch their Party is OBVIOUSLY not Mature enough to Vote! Blacks will vote for Blacks and Whites will be mislead. As Cain says- get off your ass and go to work. Reverse Rasism? No such thing! Racism is Rascism and whites don't have the Market cornered on that! Your in over your Head - Jones.

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To -T-Jones!!! You were going to Vote for Cain ( He's Black) now you going BACK to OBAMA ( He's Black) And you think it's possible Thomas played the Race Card? Wow! So- as long as he's Black that's your Choice! I- unlike you- I do know what to think! You- in your own way are playing that Race Card- Yeah - as long as he is Black he's got your vote!
Hold on everybody- a Black voting for a Black because Hes Black! Typical and ready for a Economic Depression- YOU ARE! But- least he's Black!

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Who can believe anything anymore? I see Gloria is at it again. Anything to get her face in the news.. She's a disgrace.

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Real sexual harrassment isn't appropriate but I really am sick and tired of women, in general, who drop that label on any comment made that isn't squeaky clean. When I was much younger and working in various office situations, comments were made fairly often. I didn't feel degraded...just commented back, blew it off and, at times, even laughed. My advice is to stop taking everthing so seriously...lighten up and quit looking for excuses to make problems particularly if you don't feel threatened and if nobody puts their hands on you inappropriately. As with Mr. Cain. I have a feeling nobody would have come forward unless somewhere, somehow, money is involved. Does anyone remember Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones and more? Sure, there was lots of press coverage, affairs, deceit and even with all that, Clinton became president. So, I guess the maintream media will support Mr. Cain through these rough times just like they supported Mr. Clinton......HA!

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This man is a Joke !! He is steering the public away from the other morons that are running for the republican party !!! This man does not make any sense and we should all pull the plug on this cartoon character !!!!!!!! Please make him go away !!!

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Let's use bob dole swift boat logic: there must be something to it if someone is making the claim.

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dont believe it for a second, just another media hit job on a republican

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