In a much-anticipated interview with Fox News' Greta van Sustren Monday evening, GOP front-runner Herman Cain denied allegations of sexual harassment that were leveled against him by two former National Restaurant Association employees back in the 1990's. Cain acknowledged knowing about one of the allegations made at the time by a woman whose name he did not recall, but said he was unaware that a second woman had ever made a harassment claim against him.
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Cain described his recollection of what lead to one of the allegations:
“I can’t even remember her name, but I do remember the formal allegation she made in terms of sexual harassment,” Cain said of one of his accusers who he recalled was a writer in the association’s communications department. “She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying, and I was standing close to her, and I made a gesture saying, ‘You are the same height as my wife.’ And I brought my hand up to my chin saying my wife comes up to my chin.”
Cain asserted that the exchange took place in an office where the door was wide open, and in view of his secretary.
Cain acknowledged that one of the two women received some sort of settlement, equal to two-to-three months' salary, and that the amount was roughly the same as a typical employee severance package would have been at the time. Cain recalled that several members of the restaurant association's board of directors vouched for his character, and that, after an investigation by the organization's general counsel was completed, the accuser's allegations were "found to be baseless."
During the "On the Record" interview, which rang much like a cross-examination, van Sustren asked Cain if he has a "roamin' eye at all" when it comes to women. Cain replied that while he "enjoys flowers" like anyone else, he does "not at all" have a roaming eye.
Cain believes the allegations now surfacing are an attempt to discredit him because he is surging in the polls and because he is "likeable." He asserted that his rivals cannot attack his plans, so instead are attempting to attack his character.
When asked why he waited until now to acknowledge that he knew about a settlement with one of the women, Cain said that he wanted to be clear on the details of the claims being made against him before addressing them directly. He also said that since Politico broke the story, three former board members of the restaurant association have spoken out in his defense and "confirmed my integrity."
"I am glad I waited," concluded Cain.
Watch a portion of Cain's interview below. The "roamin' eye" comment comes at around the 2:12 mark: