Cain Admits to Settlement, Breaks Out in Song

Candidate gives Fox interview explaining harassment claim
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2011 5:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hermain Cain stories are just jamming up the airwaves today. First he denied reaching settlements with any alleged sexual harassment victims. Now reports are emerging of questionable campaign contributions and the candidate breaking out in song:

  • In a Fox interview airing tonight, Cain admits to knowing about a sexual harassment settlement while he headed the National Restaurant Association, the Washington Examiner reports. "Because there was no basis for this, we ended up settling for what would have been a termination settlement,” Cain says.

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  • Cain says he was standing close to her and raised his palm to his chin to show how the woman's height compared to his wife's. "And that was put in there [the complaint] as something that made her uncomfortable," says Cain.
  • Turns out Cain's campaign spokesman—who has publicly dismissed the sexual harassment claims—complained in 2009 about a female reporter sexually harassing him. The Atlantic dug up an old Washington Post story in which JD Gordon, then a Navy spokesman, said, "I've been abused worse than the [Guantanamo] detainees have been abused."
  • Cain apparently accepted goods and services worth tens of thousands of dollars from a not-for-profit founded by his top aide, Mark Block (yes, the smoking one). This would violate federal election and campaign laws, the New York Times' Caucus blog reports.
  • At a National Press Club appearance today, Cain expressed his religious fervor by breaking out in song, CNN reports. Cain is a Baptist minister who sang on a gospel album earlier this year. (See the video.)

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