Washington (CNN) — GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain faced a new claim of sexually inappropriate behavior Monday as a Chicago woman told reporters the former head of the National Restaurant Association groped her after a dinner together in 1997.
Sharon Bialek, who worked at the restaurant group’s education foundation until shortly before the alleged groping incident, said Cain unexpectedly put his hand on her leg beneath her skirt “toward my genitals.” She also said he pushed her head toward his crotch.
Cain stopped when she protested, Bialek told a news conference.
Looking into the television cameras, Bialek said: “I want you, Mr. Cain, to come clean. Just admit what you did.”
The accusation follows the disclosure last week that the restaurant association provided payments to two women who left the group after alleging sexual harassment by Cain, also in the late 1990s.