Cain Accuser: Suspension of Campaign 'Vindication'


Bialek Describes Alleged Harassment by Cain

When she came forward Nov. 7, Bialek described an alleged incident in Washington in 1997 in which the presidential contender, then the president 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?"

Allred said Monday that when Bialek first approached her with her story about Cain, Bialek thought that Cain would take the opportunity to come clean. "She truly believed that he would acknowledge what he had done wrong," said Allred.

Bialek said Cain had missed an opportunity at redemption. "The American people love to forgive," she said. "But he couldn't find it in his heart to tell the truth."

Before they took question, Allred and Bialek taped a Cain scorecard on clipboard that graded Cain on his response to charges of sexual harassment and adultery. Taking off on Cain's "9-9-9" tax plan, Allred said that Cain should receive a score of zero for dishonesty, for refusing to accept responsibility, and for showing a lack of respect to both his accusers and "public intelligence" by making blanket denials.

"Anyone who runs for president has to be prepared to have his character examined," said Allred, who also expressed outrage that by suspending his campaign instead of ending it Cain remains eligible for federal matching funds.

The Cain campaign had characterized both Bialek and Ginger White as women with troubled history. Bialek acknowledged her financial troubles during Monday's press conference. Last week, the Cook County Sheriff's Office attempted to serve her with an eviction notice for non-payment of rent. She denied seeking any financial gain from telling her story to the media, and said her number one priority now is finding a job. According to public documents reviewed by ABC News, Bialek has a history of job changes and financial woes over the past two decades.

She has declared bankruptcy twice, and has lost multiple court judgments for debts totaling more than $10,000. Bialek filed for bankruptcy in 1991 and again in 2001. Among the debts listed in 2001 are over $14,000 in credit card charges and more than $17,000 owed to the lawyer who handled a paternity case.

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As of August 2011, she owed the Illinois Dept. of Revenue $4,384. By 2009, she owed the federal government $5,176 in taxes for years 2004 and 2005. There was also a lien for $885 filed against her in 2006 by a company that installed a water heater in her apartment. It was not clear if Bialek has repaid the debts.

In 2000, a judge awarded plaintiff Broadacre Management $4930.77 for unpaid rent, which included court costs. Broadacre was listed as a creditor on her 2001 Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Last year Bialek lost a default judgment for more than $3,500 to Illinois Lending, according to Cook County online court records, and in 2005 lost another judgment in a separate case for more than $3,000.

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