One of the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment in the 1990s said Friday she stands by her complaint, despite the GOP candidate's repeated insistence that any allegations against him were groundless.
Through a statement read by her attorney Joel Bennett, the still-unnamed woman provided no details of the allegations but said she was the victim of "very specific" harassment incidents when Cain was the head of the National Restaurant Association.
Bennett said there was more than one alleged incident and that they happened "over a period of time of at least a month or two" in the late 1990s and "qualified as harassment."
Through the statement, the woman said she strongly rejected Cain's denial of the allegations.
Bennett said there was an internal complaint made with the National Restaurant Association and a monetary settlement was reached. He would not provide details on the amount of the settlement, only to say it was not a severance agreement.
Bennett said his client, married for more than 20 years, does not wish to divulge her identity or "see any value in revisiting" the case.
“In fact, it would be extremely painful to do so," he said.
Bennett repeatedly declined to provide any specifics about the allegations, telling reporters, "Mr. Cain knows the specific incidents that were alleged."
Immediately after the statement was read, the NRA released its own statement confirming an internal complaint was filed and said it had waived a confidentiality clause, permitting the woman to comment on her own.
“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. Mr. Herman Cain disputed the allegations in the complaint," the NRA statement said.
Cain was not a party to the actual agreement reached, the statement said.
"Notwithstanding the Association’s ongoing policy of maintaining the privacy of all personnel matters, we...are willing to waive the confidentiality of this matter and permit Mr. Bennett’s client to comment."
In response, a Cain spokesman said that the candidate is only interested in talking about his plans for the nation.
"We look forward to focusing our attention on the real issues impacting this country," spokesman J.D. Gordon said.