A Fourth Woman Accuses Herman Cain of Sexual Harassment

A fourth woman on Monday accused GOP presidential contender Herman Cain of sexual harassment during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. At a news conference in New York City, attorney Gloria Allred identified the woman as Sharon Bialek, who she said had "sexually inappropriate" encounters with Cain.

"I was very very surprised and very shocked," Bialek said in recounting in detail an aggressive sexual overture 14 years ago. "Mr. Cain, I implore you. Make this right."

Politico first reported last week that the National Restaurant Association settled sexual harassment claims brought against Cain by two women in the 1990s. A third woman told the Associated Press last week that she considered filing a similar complaint. Cain has said the sexual harassment allegations are false.

More than half of Republican primary voters are unconcerned by the accusations against Cain, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on Monday. Still, his likability has taken a hit, with 35 percent of those polled saying they have somewhat or very negative feelings toward Cain, up from 18 percent last month.

Allred has represented clients involved in high-profile scandals, including Ginger Lee, a porn star who said former Rep. Anthony Weiner asked her to lie about their e-mail exchanges, and Rachel Uchitel, one Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses.

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