CBS News Sharon Bialek: Herman Cain knows who I am, CBS Chicago anchor Bill Kurtis, Roles may have even been reversed given the track record here
From CBS News November 9, 2011.
“Sharon Bialek: Herman Cain knows who I am”
“Sharon Bialek, the first woman to step forward publicly with sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain, suggested Wednesday the presidential contender was lying yesterday when he said he doesn’t remember Bialek.
On MSNBC Wednesday, Bialek recounted an incident, which others have said they witnessed, in which she approached Cain at a Tea Party rally.
“I simply grasped his elbow and leaned in towards him to acknowledge he knew exactly who I was,” she said. “He acknowledged who I was.”
Bialek declined to reveal what she said to Cain at the event, but she said, “It was simply a few statements to jar his memory … That was only a month ago.”
At a press conference on Tuesday, Cain said he did not recall ever seeing Bialek before she came forward with her allegations on Monday. “I tried to remember if I recognized her, and I didn’t. I tried to remember if I remembered that name, and I didn’t,” he said.
Bialek said she was “very disappointed but not surprised” by Cain’s response, which she said “disrespected me and millions of other women across the country who are violated in the same way in the workplace.”
Bialek earlier this week charged that, after a dinner meeting with Cain in 1997, Cain attempted to fondle her. Bialek had arranged the meeting to seek employment help from Cain, who was at the time head of the National Restaurant Association.
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Before Bialek came forward, it was reported that two unidentified women had filed sexual harassment complaints against Cain at the NRA in the 1990’s. Then, a third unidentified woman alleged she was also harassed by Cain more than a decade ago. Bialek’s public statements prompted one unidentified women who file a complaint to also reveal her identity — Karen Kraushaar.
Kraushaar said she was interested in holding a joint press conference with all the women who say they were harassed by Cain.
Bialek said on MSNBC that she would be “all for” the joint press conference as long as her attorney Gloria Allred is also on board. Bialek added she is “proud” of Kraushaar for coming forward.
“If [my statements] just made one person come forward, it was worth it,” she said.
Joel Bennett, the lawyer for Cain accuser Karen Kraushaar, said today that a joint press conference with women who have complained of harassment by Cain could be as early as tomorrow or Friday. He said Kraushaar is reaching out to the other woman who filed a complaint with the restaurant group.”
From an interview of CBS Chicago anchor Bill Kurtis November 8, 2011.
Bill Kurtis appeared on the Roe and Roeper show and said, “When I arrived at the office, the story [that the accuser told] was quite different… Roles may have even been reversed given the track record here.”