Herman Cain Fights Back
A tenacious Herman Cain is fighting back against his accuser's shocking claims. The embattled presidential candidate appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
"All things considered I'm still alive!" he told Jimmy Kimmel.
Accuser Sharon Bialek told reporters that Cain "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."
"The feelings that you have when you know that all of this is totally fabricated, you go from anger, then you get disgusted," Cain said. "There's not an ounce of truth in all of these accusations."
Now Bialek finds herself on the hot seat.
"I don't despise the man; I actually did it because I wanted to help him," she told The Early Show.
Her appearance on The Early Show was part of a full-fledged media blitz, and she's faced some tough questions.
"Why have you waited fourteen years to come out with these claims?" asked Piers Morgan.
"People look at the situation and say, "She's coming forward for money,' " FOX News host Martha MacCallum told Bialek.
The headline of one New York Post column reads: "Jobless & shameless gal going for gold."
But Cain woke up to negative headlines of his own, some questioning the future of his campaign.
"Can Herman Cain's campaign weather latest sexual harassment allegations?" asked The Washington Post.
INSIDE EDITION spoke to Sharon Bialek's fiancé, Mark Harwood, in Chicago, where they live together.
"I felt pretty disgusted with the advances that were not warranted," said Harwood. "She's very much the type of person that if she feels strongly about something, she's not afraid to come forward and actually say it as it is."
Bialek has declared bankruptcy twice.
"Who hasn't gone bankrupt in this day and age? She could have easily written a book and made money and kept totally anonymous. So I think to come out and actually tell your story, you've got to be pretty fearless," Harwood said.
Bialek, a registered Republican, once lived in the same Chicago apartment building as David Axelrod, who's now running President Obama's re-election campaign.
Meanwhile, Chicago radio host Amy Jacobson is saying she witnessed Bialek and Cain actually hug just last month, at a Tea Party event in Chicago.
"She hugged him for a few seconds and then grabbed his arm and started whispering in his ear, and it became very tense so I took a few steps back and went, ok, and looked at other people like, what's going on here? And she talked to him for awhile and he didn't say anything but he just went 'Mm-hmm, mm-hmm, mm-hmm,' and then she walked out and he walked up on stage," she told FOX News.
This is how Bialek described that encounter with Cain at her press conference: "He kind of looked uncomfortable."
And it's no surprise that comedian David Letterman finds humor in the uproar.
"You're here on a special night because everybody in the balcony tonight is a Herman Cain accuser!" he told his studio audience.