Lawyer for Cain accuser hopes to release statement Friday
The lawyer for one of Herman Cain’s alleged accusers hopes on Friday to be able to release a one-page press release defending his client’s reputation.
The statement would rebut denials made by Cain, who has said any sexual harassment allegations made against him were groundless, according to attorney Joel Bennett.
Bennett has asked the National Restaurant Association to permit him to release the statement in his name to the press.
His client alleges she was sexually harassed by Cain while she was an employee at the association.
Bennett has said he must get the permission from the association because as part of a sexual harassment settlement reached, there is an existing confidentiality agreement barring all sides from speaking publicly.
If released, Bennett says the statement will not include his client’s identity because she is trying to “remain private.” She does not plan on making any public statements. She just wants “to set the record straight” and then move on with her life, Bennett says.
The draft of the statement given to the association, according to Bennett, is a summary of “what she did and why she did it.” But it will not include specifics about any incidents nor will it include the amount of the settlement.