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Not so fast! Joel P. Bennett's 15 minutes aren't up yet


Earlier, I wrote that the real casualty of the latest accusations against Herman Cain was Joel P. Bennett's aspirations of being the next Gloria Allred. He obviously can't be the next Allred if she, in the flesh (and more flesh), jumps into the controversy herself to represent the latest accuser.

I thought for sure he'd be out like Lance Bass. But he's not leaving without a fight. Following the press conference Allred called Monday to introduce the new woman accusing Cain, Sharon Bialek, to the world, there was Bennett, ready for a call from the New York Times:

In an interview after Ms. Bialek’s news conference, Joel P. Bennett, a lawyer for one of Mr. Cain’s anonymous accusers, said that Ms. Bialek’s claims were “very similar” in nature to the incident that occurred between his client and Mr. Cain.

His client has not said whether Mr. Cain touched her physically. In a statement Friday on her behalf, Mr. Bennett alleged that Mr. Cain had engaged in a “series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances” toward his client.

“It corroborates the claim,” Mr. Bennett said of Ms. Bialek’s allegation. Asked whether that meant that Mr. Cain had physically touched his client inappropriately, Mr. Bennett said “I can’t get more specific” but added that “I can say it is corroborating.”

Mr. Bennett also said that a woman named Sharon from Chicago left a message on his answering machine over the weekend saying that she, too, had been the subject of harassment at the hands of Mr. Cain. Mr. Bennett said he called her back to suggest that he could arrange for her to come forward confidentially, but that she said that she would think about it.

After watching the news conference, Mr. Bennett said: “I guess she got over her shyness.”

Hang in there, Bennett.

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