At the National Press Club this afternoon, GOP presidential campaign Herman Cain said this about accusations of inappropriate behavior with two female employees of the National Restaurant Association, which he headed:
”As far as a settlement, I am unaware of any kind of settlement. I hope it wasn’t for much, because I didn’t do anything. But the fact of the matter is, I’m not aware of a settlement that came out of that accusation.”
But in an interview with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News, to be aired at 10 p.m. this evening, Cain will contradict himself. He will admit knowing about a cash settlement – “maybe three months’ salary,” according to Byron York of the Washington Examiner.
Cain will also describe the gesture cited as offensive by the unidentified woman, according to York – who apparently has heard or seen the video. He’s a Fox News contributor.
Updated at 7:50 p.m. Herman Cain said much the same thing in an interview with Judy Woodruff of PBS’ “The News Hour”:
Judy Woodruff: Do you know what incidents or — either incident or incidents they’re talking about? And were you ever alone with either one of these women?
Herman Cain: The answer is — not in a social setting, but maybe in an office or something like that, and we’d have a big convention in Chicago.
One incident with the one who made the formal charge, the only one that I could recall after a day of trying to remember specifics, was once I referenced this lady’s height and I was standing near her, and I did this saying, you’re the same height of my wife, because my wife is five feet tall and she comes up to my chin. This lady’s five feet tall and she came up to my chin. So obviously she thought that that was too close for comfort. It showed up in the actual allegation. But at the time when I did that, you know, it was in my office, the door was wide open, and my secretary was sitting right there, as we were standing there and I made the little gesture. Other than that, I can’t even recall what some of the other things were. And as I mentioned, they were all found to be baseless.
Judy Woodruff: And there was some mention of a hotel room at a convention or at a meeting. Did any one of these women, were they ever asked to meet you, or….
Herman Cain:: That I absolutely do not recall. You know, I have no recollection of that.
Judy Woodruff:: Was there any behavior on your part that you think might have been inappropriate?
Herman Cain: 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 accused of any sort of sexual harassment. I have never sexually harassed anyone. And so this false allegation to now come up is kind of baffling.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider