Cain Accuser Wants Permission to Speak Out

She seeks release from confidentiality agreement in settlement
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2011 4:31 PM CDT
Herman Cain speaks at the National Press Club October 31.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Exactly the news Herman Cain didn't want to hear today: One of the two women who accused him of sexual harassment wants to go public, reports the Washington Post. The woman wants the National Restaurant Association to release her from a confidentiality agreement that was part of her settlement, says her attorney. (Cain characterizes the settlement as a mere severance agreement, but the lawyer disagrees.)

“It is just frustrating that Herman Cain is going around bad-mouthing the two complainants, and my client is blocked by a confidentiality agreement," he says. "The National Restaurant Association ought to release them and allow them to respond." Cain denies the allegations as a "smear campaign." The Huffington Post rounds up his "evolving responses" on the issue—see the video here—since Politico broke the story.

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