Updated 2:19pm EST: Sharon Bialek has come forward with allegations against Herman Cain that sounds more sexual assault than just harassment (possibly triggering):
A woman says Republican presidential contender Herman Cain reached under her skirt for her genitals and pushed her head toward his crotch in July 1997.
Sharon Bialek told reporters Monday in New York that she met with Cain to ask about getting her old job back at the National Restaurant Association when the incident happened in Washington. At the time, Cain was chief of a restaurant trade group.
Bialek says that, when she asked Cain what he was doing, Cain said, “You want a job, right?”
Wow. I don’t know if singing a gospel of forgiveness is going to get Cain out of this one.
A fourth woman accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment during his time at the National Restaurant Assn. plans to go public with her allegations at a news conference Monday in New York.
The woman is represented by powerhouse Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred. Allred had a similar news conference earlier this year on behalf of one of the women who was enmeshed in the Twitter scandal that brought down New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Allred’s office said the woman “is not one of the three women who have previously been reported to have alleged sexual harassment by the Republican presidential candidate ” and that she will be “the first to give her name and to speak out about details of what she alleges occurred between her and Cain.”
We’ll keep you updated on this post as the story develops.