Cain has issued multiple blanket denials of sexual harassment. During an interview with Jonathan Karl of ABC News earlier Tuesday, Cain issued another all inclusive denial. "I can categorically say, I have never acted inappropriately with anyone period. As far as these latest charges, I don't even remember… I reject all of those charges."
Cain said he didn't remember Sharon Bialek by name or recognize her after she came forward Monday.
Cain's communication director J.D. Gordon said in a statement late Monday that Cain's opponents were behind Bialek's public accusations, noting her representation by high-profile attorney and Democratic supporter Gloria Allred.
"After attacking Herman Cain through anonymous accusers for a week, his opponents have now convinced a woman with a long history of severe financial difficulties, including personal bankruptcy, to falsely accuse the Republican frontrunner of events allegedly occurring well over a decade ago for which there is no record, nor even a complaint filed," the statement said. "It is noteworthy that Gloria Allred is a celebrity lawyer who specializes in generating publicity for herself and her clients."
The Cain campaign also issued a statement that pointed to Bialek's history of financial troubles. She has declared bankruptcy twice and lost several court judgments for debts in excess of $10,000. Bialek told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News on Tuesday that she had not come forward to accuse Cain in order to profit. The NRA said Bialek worked for its education foundation from December 1996 to June 1997. Bialek said she was let go because the NRA didn't feel the foundation had raised enough money.
Bialek said she contacted Cain, whom she'd met at an NRA function in Chicago, in the hopes that he would help her get a new job. While visiting relatives of her then-boyfriend, a pediatrician, in New Jersey in 1997, she took a train to Washington to meet with Cain.
According to Bialek, after drinks and dinner, Cain, the president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, stuck his hand up her skirt and tried to pull her head toward his crotch.
"I said, 'What are you doing?'" alleged Bialek, who said she had contacted Cain for help getting a job. "You know I have a boyfriend. This isn't what I came here for."
According to Bialek, Cain answered, "You want a job, right?"
Bialek said that Cain stopped when she asked him to stop and then drove her back to her hotel. She told her then-boyfriend that Cain had been "sexually inappropriate," but did not go into specifics because she was embarrassed. Both the boyfriend and another male friend provided Allred with signed statements confirming that Bialek had told them about an incident with Cain at the time.
Bialek said she did not see Cain again until earlier this year at a Tea Party event in Chicago where he spoke. She said that at the event, "I kept wondering to myself, has he done to other woman, women, what he had done to me. And whether anyone was going to speak up about it. I really hoped for his sake, that -- and his candidacy, that mine was not -- that mine was an isolated incident."
She claimed that she confronted Cain at the event, and asked him, "Do you remember me?" and that he had confirmed that the remembered her and "kind of looked uncomfortable."