Nov 4, 2011 by

[11.4.11 – Surprise, surprise! Nothing new here – The “woman” has been released by the National Restaurant Association to talk about her sexual harassment complaint against Herman Cain twelve years ago, but she has chosen not to do so. Instead she and her lawyer (who may enjoy seeing his name up in lights) would rather throw out accusations innuendos, and inferences (e.g., “extremely painful for her” – yada yada) to besmirch Herman Cain’s character rather than to allow her “charges” to have to come under the scrutiny of the public.

In other words, this woman does not have a case – she never did. I suspect that if the public actually heard the details of her complaint, they would quickly see how frivolous they are. She obviously had no witnesses, no proof, and may indeed have had a weak employment record with the NRA. I am sure she would hate for the public to be able to scrutinize that, and I have a feeling that it is her poor work record that is actually the source of her “extreme pain.”

If this woman had really had a legitimate case, she would never have agreed to the meager severance package and instead would have gone after Herman Cain’s large bank account. After all, he was a wealthy businessman.

Enough said about this incident – let’s move on and get back to the business of choosing the best and most electable Republican candidate – Herman Cain! – Donna Garner]


Lawyer for Cain accuser says woman will not ‘relive’ incident

By Nia-Malika Henderson, Amy Gardner, James Grimaldi and krissah thompson, Friday, November 4, 7:28 AM

The National Restaurant Association released a statement Friday confirming that over a decade ago, a female employee filed a formal complaint of sexual harassment against then-association head Herman Cain. Cain disputed the allegations at the time, according to the trade group.


The association told the woman’s attorney it is willing to waive the confidentiality agreement signed by the parties involved — although not by Cain himself — but her lawyer, Joel P. Bennett, said in his own statement Friday that the woman wishes to remain a private citizen and would not be revealing further details regarding her story.

But Bennett did reveal that the his client said that the incidents occurred more than once and over a period of time.

“Based upon the information currently available, we can confirm that more than a decade ago, in July 1999, Mr. Bennett’s client filed a formal internal complaint, in accordance with the Association’s existing policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment,” NRA President and CEO Dawn Sweeney said. “Mr. Herman Cain disputed the allegations in the complaint.”

Sweeney said an agreement was reached “without an admission of liability,” and that Cain, now a GOP presidential candidate, was “not a party to the agreement.”

But in a press conference on Friday, Bennet said the woman in question,who has been married 26 years and is a federal employee, said that “she has decided not to relive” the incident and wants to remain a private person.

“My client stands by the complaint she made,” Bennett said.

Bennett, who filed a request Wednesday asking that the National Restaurant Association waive a confidentiality agreement, said that for his client, revisiting the incident, which he said occurred over a month’s time and happened more than once, would be “extremely painful” for his client.

Bennett refused to disclose how much his client settled the case for and said that he would not get into any details of whether the complaints involved physical interaction or conversations, but labeled it as sexual harassment.

The NRA said it would have been willing to waive its confidentiality agreement if the woman who filed the complaint had wanted to speak.

“We have advised Mr. Bennett that we are willing to waive the confidentiality of this matter and permit Mr. Bennett’s client to comment. As indicated in Mr. Bennett’s statement, his client prefers not to be further involved with this matter and we will respect her decision.”

Seemingly undaunted by the scandal swirling around him, Cain arrived back in Washington on Friday to speak to a group sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, where he made a concerted effort to focus on substance rather than the sexual harassment scandal that has swirled around him for the last six days.

Bennett said that his client’s version of events differs from Cain’s account.

“Mr. Cain knows the specific incidents that were alleged,” Bennett said. “If he chooses not to remember or not acknowledge those, that’s his issue.”

The matter was resolved in September of 1999, Bennett said, adding that at the time of the sexually harassment, his client was “very upset at the time.”

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