Now the accusations against Republican candidate Herman Cain has a face. And she has a name too.
Sharon Bialek said during her press conference that she wanted to give the story a face and a voice.
With celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred at her side, Sharon Bialek told her story to the world and brought this episode to life and not just some third party accusation.
Sharon Bialek, the first woman to publicly accuse Cain of inappropriate behavior, said Cain was “sexually inappropriate” with her in 1997, saying he put his hand under her skirt and pushed her head toward his crotch after a dinner together. She said he backed away after she asked him to stop.
“I want you to come clean, Mr. Cain,” she said in a New York City press conference at the Friars Club with her attorney, Gloria Allred at her side. Allred is known for her media savvy and for representing women who have had legal issues with the rich and powerful.
Bialek does not plan to sell her story or file a lawsuit against the Republican candidate for the White House. She said she was let go from the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation in the summer of 1997 and asked to meet him for coffee a month or so later in Washington, D.C. to ask for his assistance with her job search.
As expected, the Herman Cain campaign shot back at Sharon Bialek and now are blaming Gloria Allred.
“Activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain,” the campaign said in a prepared statement.
“All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false. Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone,” the statement said.
Cain himself has sought to deflect questions on the matter, telling reporters on Saturday after a one-on-one debate in Texas with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich that “we are getting back on message, end of story.”
I am afraid it is not the end of the story, though, but it is the beginning of the end for Herman Cain’s dream of winning the Presidency. Sharon Bialek gave the story a face and a voice. No doubt Herman Cain saw her and heard her.
Send John Presta an email and your story ideas or suggestions, firstname.lastname@example.org. John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books