Herman Cain Accuser Received $35,000 Over Harassment Claim
One of the two woman who reportedly accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment received $35,000 from the National Restaurant Association over her complaints, according to a New York Times report.
The figure represented a year’s salary — higher than Cain’s public estimates, which ranged from three to six months pay. The Times account also adds further details on the incidents that led to the harassment complaint, which sources say included several encounters, but one that stood out in particular:
Four people with contemporaneous knowledge of the incident said the encounter had taken place in the context of a work outing during which there was heavy drinking, a hallmark, they said, of outings with an organization that represents the hospitality industry. They spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid being publicly drawn into the dispute, and declined to provide details of the encounter, saying they did not want to violate the privacy of the woman.
The woman in question has asked, through her lawyer, to be released from a non-disclosure agreement included in the settlement in order to be able to tell her side of the story. Her willingness to come forward means Cain, who has provided few details of the events that led to the harassment complain, and the National Restaurant Association are likely to face enormous pressure in coming days to allow the full story to come out into the open.