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A timeline of Herman Cain’s troubles


Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks at the Defending the American Dream Summit, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari) (Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP)

●Sunday, Oct. 30 — Politico reports that two women who worked at the National Restaurant Association while it was headed by Herman Cain in the 1990s had complained about sexually suggestive behavior by Cain and had received payments when they left the organization.

●Monday, Oct. 31 — Cain calls the allegations of sexual harassment “totally false.” He verifies that one woman made such a claim and that the group paid her a financial settlement.

●Tuesday, Nov. 1 — Joel Bennett, attorney for one of the women who received payments to leave the restaurant association, asks that she be released from a nondisclosure agreement so her side of the story could be told.

●Wednesday, Nov. 2 — A third woman tells the Associated Press that she had experienced unwanted “sexually suggestive remarks or gestures” from Cain when he headed the restaurant association. She told the news service that she had considered filing a workplace complaint.

●Thursday, Nov. 3 — The Cain campaign suggests it might hit back at Politico, with one aide saying “this is likely not over with Politico from a legal perspective.”

●Friday, Nov. 4 — Bennett releases a statement describing “a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances” over “one to two months,” which led his client to lodge a complaint at the restaurant association. The association releases a statement saying that Cain disputed the allegations at the time. A Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Cain is tied with Mitt Romney as front-runners in the GOP presidential race.

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