Herman Cain Denies Sexual Harassment Accusations

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is denying a report that he sexually harassed two women while he was the head of a restaurant lobbying group.

Politico reported on Sunday that the women claimed Cain made inappropriate comments and gestures towards them while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

The report said the women were given five-figure settlements to keep quiet.

“I happen to know there were sealed settlements reached in the plural. I think that anybody who thinks this was a one-time, one-person transgression would be mistaken,” a source told Politico.

Cain admitted on Monday that there was indeed an investigation into the women's claims and that they were proven to be untrue.

“Yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association. I say falsely because it turned out after the investigation to be baseless," Cain told Fox News, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

"I have never sexually harassed anyone, let's say that," adding for some reason, "Secondly, I've never sexually harassed anyone."

When asked about the reported settlement, he said, "If the restaurant association did a settlement I wasn't even aware of it and I hope it wasn't for much because nothing happened."

Cain has shocked political observers by his climb in the GOP race, going from also-ran status to actually topping several recent polls.