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.
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"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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