Isn’t he married? Turns out that Herman Cain might be a freak for something other than pizza.
Sexual harassment charges against Republican presidential contender Herman Cain surfaced Sunday, leaving him and his camp scrambling to knock them down.
Cain got testy in response to a report that two women had accused him of improper sexual behavior in the 1990s, according to the Politico web site.
The ex-Godfather’s Pizza mogul dodged questions of on incidents more than a decade old and turned the tables on one persistent reporter.
“Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harassment by a woman?” Cain asked the reporter from Politico.
Two woman complained about comments full of sexual innuendo and improper gestures they said Cain made when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s, according to Politico.
Confronted by reporters outside the CBS studios in Washington, where he appeared Sunday on “Face the Nation,” Cain refused to answer questions about the seamy allegations.
He said he would not comment “until I see some facts or some concrete evidence.”
Politico reported that two women, who worked for the National Restaurant Association, aired their complaints about Cain’s behavior with colleagues and senior association officials.
The women, sources told Politico, received five-figure payouts to leave the association and keep their mouths shut.
“I happen to know there were sealed settlements reached in the plural. I think that anybody who thinks this was a one-time, one-person transgression would be mistaken,” a source told Politico.
Cain, whose poll numbers have skyrocketed in the GOP race, served as president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association from late 1996 to mid-1999.
Sources told the web site the two women complained they were upset and offended by sexually suggestive questions Cain made at hotel conferences and other sanctioned restaurant association events.
A former board member of the restaurant association recalled learning of one of the women’s departure from the group at a 1999 board meeting and trade expo in Chicago.
“She was offered a financial package to leave the association and she did,” the ex-board member told Politico. “What I took offense at was that it was clear that rather than deal with the issue, there was an effort to hush it up. She was offered a way out to keep quiet.”
Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said the allegations were “old and tired” and “never stood up to the facts.”
“Inside-the-Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain,” Gordon said in a written statement to the Associated Press.
Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain’s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.
Asked if Cain’s campaign was denying the report, Gordon said, Yes.
C’mon Herman, it’s time to come clean — everybody had a sex scandal in the ’90’s!