Woman Claims 13-year Affair with Herman Cain

By: Lucy Madison, Brian Montopoli ; CBS News
By: Lucy Madison, Brian Montopoli ; CBS News

Herman Cain revealed Monday that an Atlanta-area woman would soon come forward alleging an "extended," 13-year extramarital affair with the Republican presidential candidate, telling CNN her claims are untrue.

Cain told Wolf Blitzer he wanted to "give you a heads up and everyone a heads up" that the woman would be coming forward.

He said he knows the woman - but that he did not have an affair with her.

According to an Atlanta affiliate of Fox News, a woman is claiming that she and Cain had a 13-year long affair.

"Here we go again," Cain said in response to the forthcoming allegations. "I didn't do anything wrong."

Cain described the woman as an "acquaintance who I thought was a friend" and said his campaign was going to handle the charges "detail by detail, accusation by accusation."

Two women, Karen Kraushaar and Sharon Bialek, have come forward to publicly accuse Cain of sexual misconduct in the 1990s, while he was head of the National Restaurant Association. Bialek has accused Cain of putting his hand under her skirt and pushing her head toward his crotch after a dinner meeting in 1997, after she had been let go from the National Restaurant Association. Two women have also made anonymous accusations against Cain for sexual misconduct.

Cain has repeatedly denied the allegations, saying, "I have never acted inappropriately with anyone. Period." Speaking of Bialek, he suggested that "the Democrat machine" brought forth "a troubled woman" in an effort to bring him down.

The allegations, which broke at the end of October, appear to have hurt Cain in opinion polls. From the middle of October through the first week of November, Cain was polling in the 20-30 percent range, putting him atop polls of the GOP presidential contenders. Recent polls show him sliding to support in the mid-teens, behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.


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  • by Sonny Location: NOT Tallahassee on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:39 AM
    I can't believe this guy thinks he even has a chance....
  • by cb Location: Tallahassee on Nov 30, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    This woman was obviously "planted" by the nasty Dems, and the timing was perfect for her to come out, dontcha think? I also think that Obama himself had something to do with at least one of the "victims" of "sexual harrassment" coming out. He is as dirty, fraudulent, and as low as they come, IMO. It's Chicago-style politics that has unfortunately made it's way into the now--tarnished White House. Personally, I hope Cain doesn't drop out of the race!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    I DON'T LIKE HIS LOOKS. HE IS SCARY BABY :O(
  • by Max Location: Tallahassee on Nov 29, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    OK, so let's count. Cain has now accused 5 WOMEN of lying. How many more will there be? 10, 20? Should we assume that all of these women who don't know each other are lying and Cain is squeaky clean. No...not a chance. The guy is a loser and a fraud!
  • by mattie Location: quincy, fl on Nov 29, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    If Cain was a dope dealer would she claim the affair? What does a 13-year affair say about her??
  • by Indigenous Peoples Defender on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    I think she is a racist.
  • by Real bro on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:48 AM
    I think she got mad and came out when she found out she wasnt the only one he was cheating with.
  • by Marietta Location: Live Oak on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    IF - he did it; he didn't do anything different than John Kennedy-Robert Kennedy-any Kennedy; Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Clinton.....shall I go on?
  • by Ralph the electrician on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    I think we need a gay, multiracial, transvestite, atheist, rap star as the next President. That would finish this show off with a bang.
  • by Pete Zahut on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:39 AM
    That's it, all you "conservative" idiots - go ahead and blame Mr Obama for scumbag Cain's inability to keep his hands and other parts off women. You probably think Newt is a credit to macho-ness as well.
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