Cain Accuser’s Lawyer: Bialek’s Claims “Very Similar”

Attorney for the first woman to come forward says the new story “corroborates” his client’s accusation

Joel Bennett, attorney for the first (still unnamed) woman to come forward in the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal, told the New York Times that Sharon Bialek’s account of a sexual assault by Herman Cain “corroborates” his client’s accusation, and was “very similar” to what happened between Cain and his client.

In an interview after Ms. Bialek’s news conference, Joel P. Bennett, a lawyer for one of Mr. Cain’s anonymous accusers, said that Ms. Bialek’s claims were “very similar” in nature to the incident that occurred between his client and Mr. Cain.

His client has not said whether Mr. Cain touched her physically. In a statement Friday on her behalf, Mr. Bennett alleged that Mr. Cain had engaged in a “series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances” toward his client.

“It corroborates the claim,” Mr. Bennett said of Ms. Bialek’s allegation. Asked whether that meant that Mr. Cain had physically touched his client inappropriately, Mr. Bennett said “I can’t get more specific” but added that “I can say it is corroborating.”

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