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Woman accuses Cain of reaching for genitals

By Beth Fouhy
Associated Press / November 7, 2011

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NEW YORK—A woman says Republican presidential contender Herman Cain reached under her skirt for her genitals and pushed her head toward his crotch in July 1997.

Sharon Bialek told reporters Monday in New York that she met with Cain to ask about getting her old job back at the National Restaurant Association when the incident happened in Washington. At the time, Cain was chief of a restaurant trade group.

Bialek says that, when she asked Cain what he was doing, Cain said, "You want a job, right?"

Bialek appeared with her attorney, Gloria Allred, at a news conference in New York.

Cain had downplayed previous allegations of sexual harassment as anonymous attacks. He now has a woman who has come forward to directly accuse him of improper behavior.