Another Woman Accuses Herman Cain of Sexual Harassment
She's the first Herman Cain accuser to reveal her identity and show her face to the world. And she's painting a disturbing picture of the presidential candidate.
Her name is Sharon Bialek, she's 49 years old, and she's a single mom.
At today's press conference, Bialek said, "I want you, Mr. Cain, to come clean, just admit what you did. Admit you were inappropriate to people."
"I'm coming forward to give a face and a voice to those women who cannot or for whatever reasons, do not wish to come forward," said Bialek.
She says Cain sexually molested her when he ran the National Restaurant Association in the 1990's. Bialek claims the incident happened in a parked car in Washington. Cain told her they were going on a tour of the Restaurant Association's headquarters, a tour that never happened.
Bialek said, "Instead of going into the offices, he suddenly reached over and he put his hand on my leg, under my skirt and reached for my genitals. He also grabbed my head and brought it towards his crotch. I was very, very surprised and I was shocked. I said, 'What are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend. This isn't what I came here for.' Mr. Cain said, 'You want a job, right?' I asked him to stop and he did."
Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is representing Bialek.
Allred said, "She reached out to Mr. Cain for help in finding another job. Instead of receiving the help that she had hoped for, Mr. Cain, instead, decided to provide her with his idea of stimulus package."
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent reported from the press conference that attracted the kind of attention that a presidential campaign doesn't desire. Already the scandal is beginning to take a toll on Cain's poll numbers. Cain's popularity among Republican voters has fallen to 57 percent, down nine points from 66 percent just a week earlier.
Cain, who denies sexually harassing anyone, had another testy exchange with reporters over the weekend.
At one point, Cain said to a reporter, "Don't even go there."
A reporter asked, "Can I ask my question?"
"No," replied Cain. "Please send him the journalistic code of ethics."
Cain also said, "We are getting back on message, end of story."
But judging by today's allegations, that clearly is not going to happen.
Bialek said, "We need a leader who can set an example which exemplifies the standards of a good person and moral character. Mr. Cain, I implore you, make this right, so that you and the country can move forward and focus on the real issues at hand."