Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain remains on the attack when it comes to Sharon Bialek, the latest woman to accuse the former Godfather's Pizza CEO of sexual harassment.
Cain plans to address the allegations this afternoon at a press conference at a Scottsdale hotel, but apparently couldn't wait until then to further bash his accuser.
"The fact is that Ms. Bialek has had a long and troubled history," Cain's campaign says, "from the courts to personal finances - which may help explain why she has come forward 14 years after an alleged incident with Mr. Cain, powered by celebrity attorney and long term Democrat donor Gloria Allred."
Bialek has 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."
Cain's campaign continues to attack her credibility, citing several lawsuits in which she is the defendant, and financial difficulties as possible reasons for her to have made these "false allegations" against Cain.
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"The questions should be - who is financing her legal team," Cain's camp asks, "have any media agreed to pay for her story, and has she been offered employment for taking these actions?"
Cain will further address Bialek's allegations this afternoon at a 3 p.m. press conference. We'll be there. Check back for updates.
See the Cain campaign's entire press release below.
november 8, 2011:
For Immediate Release
Who is Sharon Bialek?
As Ms. Sharon Bialek has placed herself in the public spotlight through making patently false allegations against Herman Cain, it is only fair to compare her track record alongside Mr. Cain's.
In stark contrast to Mr. Cain's four decades spent climbing the corporate ladder rising to the level of CEO at multiple successful business enterprises, Ms. Bialek has taken a far different path.
The fact is that Ms. Bialek has had a long and troubled history, from the courts to personal finances - which may help explain why she has come forward 14 years after an alleged incident with Mr. Cain, powered by celebrity attorney and long term Democrat donor Gloria Allred.
In the courts, Ms. Bialek has had a lengthy record in the Cook County Court system over various civil lawsuits. The following cases on file in Cook County are:
· 2000-M1-707461 Defendant against Broadcare Management
· 2000-M1-714398 Defendant in lawsuit against Broadcare Management
· 2000-M1-701522 Defendant in lawsuit against Broadcare Management
· 2005-M1-111072 Defendant in lawsuit against Mr. Mark Beatovic.
· 2007-M1-189176 Defendant in lawsuit against Midland Funding.
· 2009-M1-158826 Defendant in lawsuit against Illinois Lending.
Ms. Bialek was also sued in 1999 over a paternity matter according to ABC 7 Chicago (WLS-TV). Source: WLS-TV, November 7, 2011
In personal finances, PACER (Federal Court) records show that Ms. Bialek has filed for bankruptcy in the Northern District of Illinois bankruptcy court in 1991 and 2001. The respective case numbers according to the PACER system are 1:01-bk-22664 and 1:91-bk-23273.
Ms. Bialek has worked for nine employers over the last seventeen years. Source: WLS-TV, November 7, 2011
Curiously, if Ms. Bialek had intended to take legal action, the statute of limitations would have passed a decade ago.
Which brings up the question of why she would make such reprehensible statements now?
The questions should be - who is financing her legal team, have any media agreed to pay for her story, and has she been offered employment for taking these actions?