Harassment allegations hobble Cain campaign
WASHINGTON — Herman Cain conceded Tuesday that a woman who accused him of sexual harassment received a paid settlement in the 1990s, as changes in his story threatened to derail his White House bid.
Countering earlier claims of ignorance, the Republican leadership candidate acknowledged that one of two alleged accusers received a financial settlement from the trade association that he ran and where she was an employee.
“I am not trying to hide anything. I am trying to put it all out there for people to see,” the former pizza company executive told CNN affiliate Headline News, restating his rejection of what he described as “ridiculous” allegations.
The New York Times reported Tuesday night that the National Restaurant Association paid one woman a $35,000 severance — or one year’s salary — after an encounter with Cain.
Cain drew a distinction Tuesday between a “settlement” and an “agreement,” and repeated his assertion there was no harassment.
“It started out where she was making some huge claims about sexual harassment. I do recall that she was asking for a large sum of money,” Cain told Headline News.
The Republican candidate said he still had no recollection of a second complaint.