The information contained in this article may not be pleasing to Herman Cain fans.
The GOP presidential candidate has been under fire since the media and the public recently learned about sexual harassment charges that were waged against him in the 1990s.
And now, according to at least one report, the successful businessman is poised to contradict himself regarding the details of these allegations in an interview that will air tonight on Fox News.
This morning, Cain made a much-reported appearance on Fox, where he claimed that the allegations waged against him are "false" and "baseless." He went on to say that he does not know of any settlement payments that were made based on these accusations.
But later in the day, NBC news confirmed that one woman did, indeed, receive a settlement from the National Restaurant Association after she complained about Cain’s alleged inappropriate conduct.
Now, in another about-face, the 2012 candidate is apparently poised to provide details about the settlement in a previous-taped interview with Fox's Greta van Susteren. Byron York explains what will purportedly air (as per the Washington Examiner):
Politico, which broke the sexual harassment allegation story, said that the woman received a money settlement "in the five-figure range." When van Susteren asked about that, Cain said, "My general counsel said this started out where she and her lawyer were demanding a huge financial settlement…I don't remember a number…But then he said because there was no basis for this, we ended up settling for what would have been a termination settlement." When van Susteren asked how much money was involved, Cain said. "Maybe three months' salary. I don't remember. It might have been two months. I do remember my general counsel saying we didn't pay all of the money they demanded."
While Cain seemed completely unaware of whether a settlement took place on Fox this morning, it seems bizarre that he would now be able to name a potential sum in his interview with van Susteren.
Then again, he did say "I don't remember" a number of times (allegedly) in the new Fox interview. Still, when compared to his comments this morning, there are some glaring differences in tone and content.
If the comments go as York claims they will, many will likely see Cain as dishonest. Whether this assessment is fair is up to you to decide.