One Cain Accuser Paid $35K
Woman received year severance after 'uncomfortable encounter'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2011 4:40 AM CDT
Updated Nov 2, 2011 7:31 AM CDT
Herman Cain arrives to speak at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – One of two women who accused Herman Cain of sexually harassing them while he was head of the National Restaurant Association received a year's severance pay, the New York Times reports, citing sources with direct knowledge of the $35,000 payment. The woman left the lobbying group in the late '90s after an encounter with Cain left her feeling uncomfortable, according to media reports.

The woman's encounter with Cain occurred during a work outing in which there had been heavy drinking, the sources say. She had already been unhappy at the organization because of other issues but the Cain problem contributed to the unusually large size of the settlement, they say. The other woman who left the organization after accusing Cain of sexual harassment is seeking release from a confidentiality agreement that was part of her settlement.