Sharon Bialek, the latest woman to come forward and accuse presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment her when he was with the National Restaurant Association 14 years ago, appears on “The Today Show” Tuesday (Nov. 8) with her lawyer, Gloria Allred.
“Today’s” Ann Curry points out that Bialek has filed for bankrupcy before and wonders if her coming forward is financially motivated.
“Absolutely not. I have spoken to Gloria about this before. There were no skeletons in my closet. I expected this. It’s not about me. I’m not the one running for president,” says Bialek. She also says that no one from any of Cain’s opponents urged her to come forward; she came “of [her] own volition.”
Curry also wonders why now? Why didn’t Bialek come foward 14 years ago when it happened?
“There’s a variety of reasons,” says Bialek. “No. 1, Ann, when this happens, the first reaction is you’re embarrassed. No. 2, I had a boyfriend at the time. We did discuss it briefly, although I didn’t discuss the details with him, and he said it’s gonna be one of those he said/she said things.”
Curry also asks if Bialek is sure Cain used the words, “You want a job, right?” Bialek’s contention is that Cain harassed her by implying he would give her a job if she went along with his touching. Bialek says yes, those are the exact words he used.
When Curry says the Cain camp has categorically denied all the allegations, Bialek says, “I think maybe Mr. Cain’s definition of harassment might be different. Maybe he doesn’t feel he harassed them.”
And Gloria Allred adds, ” Should the public believe the word of four different women … or the word of one man that has a motive to deny?”
Curry tells Allred that she’s been accused of partisan politics because she held a press conference with Republican California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s illegal nanny and she has contributed money to President Obama. Allred points out she’s also represented those claiming harassment by Democrats too.
“The last big news conference I did in New York was against Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner,” says Allred. “I’ve also criticized President Clinton when he lied to the American public. If a man commits an injustice against awoman, sexual harassment is no joke, then I am going to speak out against them if they’re Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or no party at all.”
As Curry points out to end the interview, this is hardly the last we will hear about this case.