Herman Cain: Reporter Discusses Harassment Claims

Maggie Haberman stands by reports of settled sexual harassment claims from '90s.
3:14 | 10/31/11

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Right to the major allegations against Herman Cain the web -- political reporting late last night -- -- -- was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Two female employees complained about his inappropriate sexually suggestive behavior. Political ads that -- advances made them angry and I'm comfortable and -- they left the association after receiving monetary settlements. -- -- -- room is one of the reporters who broke the story she joins us now Maggie thanks for coming in this morning Herman Cain would not comment on these allegations his spokesman denied it. To the eight. They call these unsubstantiated personal attacks. Quote dredging up thinly sourced allegations political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never -- up to the facts. Since watching establishments critics haven't had much luck in attacking mr. -- ideas to fix a bad economy create jobs. They -- trying to attack him in any way they can your response. I think the story was extremely well reported and I think it really speaks for itself we gave the campaign ten days to respond to this they've repeatedly. I did not directly address the specifics of this and one of my colleagues Jonathan Martin approach mr. came directly yesterday. And he did not say these allegations are false he didn't even really address it so I think that the story is. Thoroughly reported and again I think it really does -- -- this sources are anonymous for the most part used because some members of the board of the National Restaurant Association said they knew nothing. About this did you speak to the women involved. You know we spoke to many sources I'm not gonna specify who we spoke to I think we spoke to a very lengthy roster people who were around the NRA at the time former board members former staffers as we -- in the story. But I think I'm going to let the sources what why can't you said he spoke to him. Because I think people want to typically identify their sources -- -- -- -- do that here you also say that there was documentation can you describe him characterized the documentation there -- documentation. About allegations that were made in one case and also documentation about a formal resolution. As we've said that also. Related to -- settlement -- it was a formal resolution. A formal resolution this is that this involved a payout to the women and correct if they would not speak in the future about this there was language in the agreement of their separation from the NRA that they would not get into details together the language -- sexually subjected suggested inappropriately. Behavior what exactly -- -- do. I think. And I think it's legitimate question I think that as we said in the story you know there were gestures. There were comments. Their work. Certain suggestive overtures for instance things -- -- these women uncomfortable made them angry. And made them feel as if it was -- and they made formal complaints to the board there were complaints made and they were specific allegations involved too. To -- -- to that in the National Restaurant Association track and day as they said there were some more -- -- members on the record saying they knew nothing about this how could that be. Because I think that when you have a large board I think that especially when you've got members who were all over the country. Perhaps not everyone is aware of every specific action different corporations have different structures but again as I said we reported this extremely -- and voters are an often as an aisle from McCain campaign will not stand. I would be interest in seeing mr. -- has sent letters to -- -- -- thanks very much.

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