Herman Cain repudiates charges
Herman Cain today repudiated the latest sexual charges by accuser Sharon Bialek, as fresh reports surfaced that make her not credible.
The fourth accuser
The latest charges against Herman Cain come from Sharon Bialek. In 1997 Bialek lost her job with the National Restaurant Association’s educational foundation in Chicago. Herman Cain was then head of the National Restaurant Association. (Bialek did Bialek spoke to the press yesterday, with high-profile attorney Gloria Allred by her side. As an aside: on Fox News Channel’s The Five, commentator Bob Beckel actually said this of Allred:
She doesn’t just chase ambulances; she owns an ambulance service.
Bialek says that she applied for a job with the NRA, and someone in the NRA referred her to Cain. Cain then upgraded her hotel room to a “palatial suite.” That alone, if it occurred, might cause a job applicant to wonder whether the interviewer had something more than a job in mind.
The details that Bialek gave of her interview with Cain are not suitable for publication here. By any reasonable standard whatever, such an episode would be more than legally actionable as “quid pro quo sexual harassment.” It would be a criminal assault, and she would be within her rights, if not civic-duty-bound, to swear out a warrant for his arrest.
So: why didn’t she go to the police? According to Allred, Bialek did complain to her then-boyfriend, and one other male acquaintance. Allred has affidavits from both. But she has no affidavits from anyone who actually saw Herman Cain do what Bialek accuses him of doing.
Sharon Bialek is 50, out of work, and according to one who knows her, she’s a smooth operator living way above her means…Enter Herman Cain.
Newsmax also cited this article in The Daily Mail. It gives more details about Bialek, and portrays a woman looking for a man to “keep” her. Among other things, she has filed twice for personal bankruptcy. The bankruptcy filings cause some to speculate that she is looking for a payoff. (See also this piece in The Chicago Tribune).
The key point: the man she is living with now, did not hear her Herman Cain story until Friday of last week.
She also once had an interesting address: 505 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL. David Axelrod, now one of Barack Obama’s leading advisers, also had an apartment in that building in those days.
This report might or might not be significant: Larry Sinclair, who has for years said that he and Obama once did sex and drugs together, accused Bialek of plagiarism. Specifically, he says that her description of Herman Cain’s behavior matches Sinclair’s own description of Obama’s. Aside from the plagiarism angle, Sinclair observes that Bialek had to read from a script to describe the incident.
[I[f it were my spouse, she would not have needed a piece of paper to “read” the details of the incident!
Herman Cain strikes back
Today at 3:00 p.m. MST (5:00 p.m. EST), in Scottsdale, AZ, Herman Cain spoke to the press himself. Talking very clearly, he made three points:
- He never behaved that way with anyone.
- He did not even recognize Sharon Bialek, nor her name.
- Nothing will stop him from running for President.
In short, Herman Cain flat-out accused Sharon Bialek of slander. And not just any slander: misprision of a felony. He had his own high-profile attorney by his side, but said nothing about whether he would sue Bialek. (Considering her financial history, Cain might seek nothing more than to have a judge find in open court that Bialek is a liar.)
Herman Cain speculated that the Democratic Party’s “machine” was recruiting his accusers (five at last count). Sharon Bialek is not the only accuser to have a Democratic Party or Obama connection. So that theory might be correct. But those accusers are just as likely to be all “after the money.” (Cain’s campaign manager earlier accused Governor Rick Perry. Perry in turn accused Mitt Romney. Both accusations have come to nothing.)
What happens next is anyone’s guess. But clearly Herman Cain is playing for keeps, and for high stakes. Is anyone else (other than the accusers themselves) playing games? If so, those are now very dangerous games.