Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain claims that the most-recent allegations of sexual harassment against him could be the result of a cash-strapped woman and her left-wing "activist" attorney, Gloria Allred.
Cain's campaign just issued a press release addressing the new allegations. In addition to the jabs at Allred and his newest accuser, Sharon Bialek, the former pizza baron says he'll hold a press conference tomorrow in Phoenix to further address the allegations.
Bialek, earlier today -- flanked by her headline-hound attorney, Allred -- accused the presidential candidate of sexually harassing her after the two had dinner together in 1997. She claims Cain put his hand up her skirt and pushed her head towards his crotch. More on that here.
Bialek claims she has no plans of selling the story, or suing Cain -- which is the best way to keep the allegations from actually getting investigated. According to Bialek, she wants Cain to "Just admit what you did. Admit you were inappropriate to people. And then move forward."
Somehow, a woman who isn't seeking any legal recourse for her currently unproven allegations needs legal representation. Enter: Gloria Allred.
See a list of Allred's often-infamous clientele here (it includes women who had sex with Tiger Woods, a woman who got a dick pic from former Congressman Anthony Wiener, and women who had sex with Tiger Woods).
In the release, Cain's camp says Allred "is a celebrity lawyer who specializes in generating publicity for herself and her clients."
The release goes on to call her a "high-profile Democrat Party donor and activist who has given over ten thousand dollars to liberal Democrats like Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer."
As for his accuser, Bialek, Cain's camp describes her as a woman "with a long history of severe financial difficulties, including personal bankruptcy," who it suggests could have been paid to come forward with these "false allegations."
We plan to attend Cain's press conference. Check back later today for updates.
See Cain's entire release below.
november 7, 2011:
For Immediate Release
Herman Cain to Conduct Press Conference in Phoenix
In response to the allegations made today by Gloria Allred, Mr. Cain will conduct a press conference on Tuesday, November 8th at the Scottsdale Plaza in Phoenix, Arizona at 3:00 pm local time.
It is noteworthy that Gloria Allred is a celebrity lawyer who specializes in generating publicity for herself and her clients.
Ms. Allred is a high-profile Democrat Party donor and activist who has given over ten thousand dollars to liberal Democrats like Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.
The questions the media should be asking are who's paying for Gloria Allred's fee, how did Ms. Bialek get introduced to Ms. Allred, and was she paid to come forward with these false accusations or was she promised employment?
After attacking Herman Cain through anonymous accusers for a week, his opponents have now convinced a woman with a long history of severe financial difficulties, including personal bankruptcy, to falsely accuse the Republican frontrunner of events occurring over a decade ago for which there is no record, nor even a complaint filed.
We will release more information as it becomes available.
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