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    Cain accuser – now not willing to talk // Added: Politico and NY Times spin refusal as accuser “confirming” and “standing by” her complaint

    Cain accuser – now not willing to talk // Added: Politico and NY Times spin refusal as accuser “confirming” and “standing by” her complaint

    That’s the word I’m hearing.  Even though the National Restaurant Association was willing to waive the confidentiality agreement.

    Updates:  CNN reports:

    Joel Bennett, the attorney for one the women who has accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment, said Friday that his client “made a complaint in good faith about a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances” from the GOP presidential candidate.

    Bennett said his client sees “no value” in revisiting the issue now, but “stands by the complaint that she made.”

    Bennett said his client would disagree with Cain’s characterization of the alleged harassment incidents.

    He confirmed that the alleged harassment occurred in 1999 over a period of “at least a month or two.” There was “more than one incident,” he said.

    The National Restaurant Association confirmed in a statement Friday that a woman working for the organization filed a complaint in 1999 alleging discrimination and harassment by Cain. Cain was president of the association at the time. The association and the woman “subsequently entered into an agreement to resolve the matter, without any admission of liability. Mr. Cain was not a party to that agreement,” the statement from National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney said

    Nice job Politico.  You had second- and third-hand information from which you spun a tail of Herman Cain as an aggressor, you never even spoke to the original source, and now all we ever will know is your spin.

    Here is how Politico trumpets the news to excuse it’s own shoddy reporting tactics:

    Here’s equivalent spin from The NY Times which pretends that someone refusing to back up her complaint with facts — even anonymously and even when released from a confidentiality agreement — means that she stood by her complaint:

    More updates:

    Progress made – Ace: “So now I’m thinking her claim was trumped up.”

    Robert Stacy McCain: “Lawyer ethics” — Hold a press conference to announce that you don’t want to discuss your smear-job against your client’s former boss.


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    This is the same woman who sexually harassed me. I remember her harassment, but I don’t want to talk about it. She settled with me for an undisclosed sum. Ask my lawyer, Snidely Whiplash. He can confirm that I don’t want to talk about it.

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