November 8th, 2011
12:21 AM ET

Cain to address new claim of sexual misconduct

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."

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  1. WOT

    People will do anything for money and fame! At least she did not or may she did keep the dress! God help the USA!

    November 8, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    groped at a dinner party??? I thought it was on the job, in the bosses office, behind my coworkers back, while I was trying to do my job and threatening with loss of income and promotion. Let's see at a party as invited and you accepted, of course you wore your irresistable sunday best, dranked til yah drunk, in front your date and or girl friends, in front allotta people, and outta and over every women and guest, the comes across the floor bypassing every familiar friend and foe, including the other pretty ladies in their irresistable sunday best, to approach you a total stranger: not to dance, not to talk, not even greet you, but to go caveman and grope you admiss the party of people having a hellava goodtime and witnesses. And also miss out of taking the perfect opportunity to slap a face, pitch a drink, douse and bless Cain with the onion dip? I believe that fire engine red lipstick of yours is sounding a false atty alleria couldn't yah least employed common sense to paint the scene of the crime in the
    usual traditional backdrop? Everybody knows yah gotta get your souvenirs in the workplace to be

    party and leave

    November 8, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bec

    This man is a creep!! The last 4 digits of his prison number should read 9-9-9

    November 8, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
    • gasly130

      The last four digits? Count much?

      November 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. €:^)

    Yea he's a creep !

    November 8, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Slick Willie Clinton

    @Cain. Dude. You should have waited until you got to the Oval Office man. Still, it sucks that the people remember us for this stuff. Everyone remembers I spooged up the Oval Office, but how many remember I was a CIA agent for HW Bush when I was just 19? All that hard work I did for the CIA and they remember more Monica, Monica, Monica. Not evem one recalls Bush-Zapata. So, Cain. How did she feel? (snicker)

    November 8, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    If Herman Cain's statements are anything like his previous ones, it'll be something like "what part of 'no comment' don't you understand?"

    November 8, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. ronvan

    Politics as usual! As I understand it you have 3 women that want to be left alone, and actually filed a complaint, but still do not want to say anything!? Now you have this woman, who did NOT file any complaint, come out of the wood work to tell her story. Bottom line is that this is all he said, she said, and WHERE is the proof? WHO is paying for her high
    profile attorney? So, now Cain is going to say nothing happened and she is lying, and on & on & on.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    @ronvan-But what if the other 3 women come forward after this? Did the restr. Assn. give them the go ahead?
    I think what Cain has to say today will be important to these other ladies. Stay tuned. Will others come forward.
    Come on ladies if he did it come forward.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    Better than what went on at Penn State...

    November 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SPONGE Bob Sperm pants

    Mr Cain touched me inapproiatly

    November 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bill Clinton

    What part of the three letter word 'seyz' didn't I understand. Commmmme on people. It's not like he molested the oval office. sheesh

    November 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dixie Independent voter

    Cain thinks denying and lying will make voters forget. No, Mr Cain, this isn't going to go away.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasyc

    ....And there goes the Mouth of the Rockies picking apart posts again...

    November 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    @dixie leftist voter but why wouldnt lying make it go away worked 4 wild bill

    November 9, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    Just watching the other news network and juan williams brings up this point and its a good one this blonde bimbo remembers of mr cain making these advances on her just like its yesterday why what did she go home and write them down for further use in the future.

    November 9, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |