Cain Accused of Sexual Harassment Candidate denies Politico's allegations By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Oct 31, 2011 12:03 AM CDT Updated Oct 31, 2011 7:55 AM CDT 75 comments Comments Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses the crowd during a campaign stop in Detroit last week. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (Newser) – Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment at least twice while he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, according to a Politico exclusive. The report claims that two women complained of "inappropriate" and "sexually suggestive" behavior by Cain, and left the lobbying group after receiving five-figure payouts and agreeing to never discuss their departure. Cain's campaign denies the allegations. "Inside-the-Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain," a campaign spokesman tells AP. "Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain's tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts." When reporters asked Cain about the allegations last night, the candidate—who topped the latest Iowa poll—declined to comment.