Herman Cain flatly denied allegations that he sexually harassed anyone while he led the National Restaurant Association and said that the charges are “totally baseless.”
“I have never sexually harassed anyone, let’s say that,” the GOP presidential candidate said in a Fox News interview. “I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association, and I say falsely because it turned out after the investigation to be baseless.”
Sunday night, Politico reported that the restaurant association paid out a five-figure settlement to two women who accused Cain of making sexually suggestive comments.
Cain said he wasn’t aware of the settlement at the time.
“If the restaurant association did a settlement, I wasn’t even aware of it, and I hope it wasn’t for much because nothing happened,” he said. “If there was a settlement, it was handled by some of the other officers that worked for me.”
Asked whether other allegations could come up, Cain said if there were, “I assure you, people will just make them up.”
Cain also revealed that his wife will probably sit down for an interview; she has remained off the campaign trail during the entire time her husband has been running for the GOP nomination.
“What you can expect from my campaign is for me to stay on message, for us to continue to do the things and execute our strategy in order to win the nomination,” he said. “Obviously some people are going to be turned off by this cloud that someone wanted to put over my campaign, but a lot of people aren’t going to be turned off. We’ll just have to wait and see.”