Herman Cain accuser's former boyfriend speaks out

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November 14, 2011, 5:49 pm

(NECN: Alison King) - Last week, Herman Cain vehemently denied ever meeting one of the women who is accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Monday, the woman's former boyfriend came forward to say all three did meet in the late 90s.
This comes as Cain’s wife speaks out in his defense.

Our political reporter Alison king is following the developments and joined us with more.

Attorney Gloria Allred called her second news conference this month regarding sexual allegations against republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
This time it was in Shreveport, Louisiana. The client?  The former boyfriend of Sharon Bialek, the woman who one week ago described being sexually groped by Cain in 1997 following a dinner in Washington, DC.

“I remember Sharon saying Mr. Cain had been at many events with her. Always seated next to him...,” said Victor Zuckerman.
He is the boyfriend Sharon Bialek said she invited to a National Restaurant Association dinner in 1997 where they were both were seated next to Herman Cain.
Bialek was an NRA employee at the time.
Zuckerman said Cain even invited them to an exclusive after hours party at his hotel suite.

“At that party, Cain engaged both of us in conversation... Told me about his new gospel album...,” said Zuckerman.

He said he was so impressed by Cain that when Bialek lost her job a few weeks later, he suggested she meet with Cain for advice on finding a new job.
Bialek said she did meet with Cain for dinner in DC and that's when she said she was sexually groped by Cain in a parked car.
“I can confirm that when she returned she was upset. She said that something had happened and that Mr. Cain had touched her in an inappropriate manner.  She said she handled it and didn't want to talk about it any further,” said Zuckerman. “I respected her request and this issue was never brought up until recently.”

Fourteen years later, no longer Bialek’s boyfriend, but still a friend, Zuckerman watched as Cain, now a presidential candidate, was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior.
“I remembered that Sharon had had a bad experience with him and called her to ask if she was one of the accusers. She said, no, but also added that based on her experience such accusations didn't surprise her. Sharon became livid as she heard Mr. Cain's denial of sexual harassment,” said Zuckerman.  

He said he is the one who suggested Bialek call Gloria Allred.
Meanwhile, the first tv interview with Herman Cain's wife Gloria is airing Monday night where she will make clear that she does not believe the allegations.

“To hear such graphic allegations and know that that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman and I know that's not the person he is,” said Gloria Cain. “He totally respects women."

“What are they going to say?,” said Carol Hardy Fanta. “They can't. If they're supporting their husband's candidacy, they can't say anything other than he is a wonderful man. He wouldn't do this kind of thing.”

UMass Boston professor Carol Hardy Fanta said Mrs. Cain’s words of support are typical of spouses in her position.
Hardy Fanta said polls show Cain has lost support among women and he's lost support overall according to the latest poll which shows him losing 11 points and being pushed into third place by Newt Gingrich just two points behind frontrunner Mitt Romney.
“Makes you wonder if men are actually taking this as an attack on men,” said Hardy Fanta, “and they're going to vote more for someone like that.”

Tags: Alison King, sexual abuse, Gloria Allred, Herman Cain, Sharon Bialek, Victor Zuckerman, Gloria Cain, carol hardy fanta
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