Herman Cain, who spent Monday denying that he sexually harassed two women while he headed the National Restaurant Association, late in the day offered details of an incident with a female colleague that led to allegations of inappropropriate behavior. Also, for the first time, the 2012 presidential candidate acknowledged that he knew about a settlement that was offered to one of the women.
“My general counsel said this started out where she and her lawyer were demanding a huge financial settlement…I don’t remember a number…But then he said because there was no basis for this, we ended up settling for what would have been a termination settlement,” Cain said in the interview, as reported by the Washington Examiner. “Maybe three months’ salary. I don’t remember. It might have been two months. I do remember my general counsel saying we didn’t pay all of the money they demanded.”
Cain’s statement represent a reversal from what the Republican said only hours ago (see video below), when he denied that he knew about any settlement that was reached after the claims of sexual harassment were made.
In the Fox News interview, reported by the Washington Examiner, Cain also described an incident that might have led to the complaints being brought against him.
“She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying -- and I was standing close to her -- and I made a gesture saying you are the same height as my wife. And I brought my hand up to my chin saying, ‘My wife comes up to my chin,’” Cain said in a sit-down interview with Van Susteren that will air at 10 p.m. Monday night. “And that was put in there... as something that made her uncomfortable...something that was in the sexual harassment charge.”
Cain said that the woman was in her late 30s or 40s and worked on the same floor as him.
“I can’t even remember her name, but I do remember the formal allegation she made in terms of sexual harassment,” Cain said. “I turned it over to my general counsel and one of the ladies that worked for me, the woman in charge of human resources. They did investigate…and it was found to be baseless.”
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