Republican presidential contender Herman Cain will address the latest sexual harassment allegations against him at a Tuesday afternoon news conference, his campaign said.
The announcement from his campaign late Monday included a broadside fired at his first public accuser, Sharon Bialek, calling her allegations that Cain groped her after a 1997 dinner "false" and blasting her "celebrity lawyer," Gloria Allred.
In a written statement, campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon said there was "no record, nor even a complaint filed," to support Bialek's accusation.
In an appearance on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," Bialek said she was prepared for the scrutiny going public with the allegation was likely to bring.
"I'm willing to handle it," she said. "I'm a tough girl."
The latest poll assessing the impact of allegations shows that a plurality of Americans think the claims had validity..
The Pew Research Center poll found that 39% of those who have heard a lot about the allegations said they thought the claims were true; 24% said the claims were false and 36% said they didn't know.
But the picture was somewhat different when Republican primary voters were polled.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal survey found 54% of Republican primary voters said the accusations will not affect how they vote.
Both polls were conducted before Bialek came forward Monday.
Several unaffiliated Republican operatives said Cain must say more about the allegations, because his current message is not putting the controversy to rest.
"He needs to be upfront, forthright and get this story behind him," Bob Vander Platts, a leading Iowa Republican activist, told CNN. The ongoing allegations, he adds, are a "test of Cain's leadership" and "a tipping point for his campaign."FULL STORY