Sharon Bialek is the fourth woman to make sexual harassment claims against Herman Cain, but she is the first to voice her allegations in public.
For the first time, leading presidential contender Herman Cain faces allegations of sexual harassment by a woman who has come out publicly.
In a press conference Monday in New York City, Sharon Bialek of Chicago claimed that in July 1997, Cain made aggressive sexual moves toward her after she approached him for help in finding employment. She says she did not file a harassment complaint at the time, nor does she plan to take any legal action against him now.
Ms. Bialek is the fourth woman to make sexual harassment claims against Cain – a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination – but she is the first to voice her allegations in public. Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who said she was contacted by Bialek, stood beside her.
“I’m coming forward to give a face and a voice to those women who cannot or for whatever reason do not wish to come forward,” said Bialek, speaking at the Friars Club in New York. She said she was also speaking out “on behalf of all women who are sexually harassed in the workplace but do not come out of fear of retaliation or public humiliation.”
The Cain campaign denied Bialek’s allegations.
“All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false,” said campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon in a statement. “Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone. Fortunately the American people will not allow Mr. Cain’s bold '9-9-9 Plan,' clear foreign policy vision, and plans for energy independence to be overshadowed by these bogus attacks.”