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    The pushback against Sharon Bialek begins

    The pushback against Sharon Bialek begins

    Herman Cain is fighting back against accusations made yesterday by Sharon Bialek.  Cain will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. Eastern today to address the charges:

    “There is not an ounce of truth to all these allegations” and the graphic account from Sharon Bialek is “totally fabricated,” the Georgia businessman told late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

    “I’m going to talk about it,” Cain said, adding “we are taking this head on” — a reversal from just days ago when told
    reporters he was done answering questions about the matter.

    Others also are coming to Cain’s defense, via Backyard Conservative, a prominent Chicago radio host says Bialek has “a history,” suggesting that Bialek had a history of prior allegations and suggesting that “the roles may have been reversed” in the car as to who was the aggressor based on her past conduct.  It’s vague, filled with innuendo, and based on anonymous sources.  In other words, it’s what Politico did to Cain non-stop for a week.

    Also, Chicago newspapers are reporting on Bialek’s substantial financial and legal problems.

    Great quote in defense of Herman Cain from prominent feminist (via James Taranto, h/t Instapundit):

    If the latest accusation against Herman Cain is true, he “is not guilty of sexual harassment. He is accused of having made a gross, dumb and reckless pass at a supporter during a low point in her life. . . . In other words, [Cain] took
    ‘no’ for an answer.”

    That quote is from Gloria Steinem, the big-time feminist, though of course the man she was defending wasn’t Herman Cain. It was Bill Clinton, after Kathleen Willey accused him of groping her in the Oval Office.

    I’ll update this post as new information becomes available.

    Updates:  From MacsMind (h/t reader Charles):

    “She was fired from her job, and her boyfriend suggested she contact Cain in hopes he could help her find employment.”.

    In this particular incident she was fired for falsely accusing her boss of sexual harassment, a charge denied by co-workers, as well as being pretty much a pain in the ass to work with.

    “I remember her as a time-waster, and rabble-rouser.  If she didn’t get her way she cried about sexual harassment”.  A former co-worker, a female no less,  emailed me.  “She was trouble with a capital “T”.

    And, a Chicago television station interviewed Bialek’s fiance, and he stated he just found out about this a couple of days ago himself (at the end of this video). Really? Despite Cain’s rise in the polls for weeks and the Politico accusations floating around since October 30, Bialek just told her fiance about it shortly a day or two before she got on a plane to fly to a press conference with Gloria Allred?

    And, they were good friends at a Tea Party convention as this story and image from The Chicago Sun-Times indicates (h/t @InpatientMed)(added, the photo is Cain next to the woman, talkshow host Amy Jacobson, who saw the embrace, not Cain with Bialek):

    They hugged each other backstage in a full embrace like old friends.

    She grabbed his arm and whispered in his left ear.

    She kept talking as he bent to listen, and he kept saying “Uh, huh. Uh, huh.”

    And her pushback to the pushback (has anyone asked her if she ever has made a claim of sexual harassment in the past, as suggested in the links above):

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    And, here’s Amy Jacobson’s account of when Cain met Bialek at a Tea Party conference, which Bialek described as a brief awkward encounter, but Jacobson described otherwise:

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    1infive | November 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Please. SHE GOT IN THE CAR WITH HIM AFTERWARDS?!? Do you seriously think, if their encounter was as she said, she would have ‘asked him to take her back to her hotel’? LOL, you’re all a bunch of guys, right? NO! She would have walked, or taken a cab, or slipped out the back door or , .ANYTHING! Anything but get into a car with the guy. “Take me back to the hotel?”” Errr . . sound like an invitation?? It’s baloney, I can’t believe so many people are falling for it.

    […] And William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection tells us that the latest accuser has some issues; Others also are coming to Cain’s defense, via Backyard Conservative, a prominent Chicago radio host says Bialek has “a history,” suggesting that Bialek had a history of prior allegations and suggesting that “the roles may have been reversed” in the car as to who was the aggressor based on her past conduct.  It’s vague, filled with innuendo, and based on anonymous sources.  In other words, it’s what Politico did to Cain non-stop for a week. […]

    […] The Juanita Broaddrick moment for Herman Cain is the very strange encounter Sharon Bialek had recently with Herman Cain: “The Cain Encounter … […]

    A few thoughts about Cain and Bialek along the lines of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), some musings and observations.


    Yahoo reports:

    // After dinner, the two were sitting in his car when she claimed he “suddenly reached over and put his hand on my leg under my skirt and reached for my genitals” and moved her head toward his crotch. //

    Cain is in the driver’s position at the wheel, Bialek in the passenger seat. They have been talking for a while.

    It is physically possible that Cain put his hand on Bialek’s leg, possibly sliding it up her leg. Reaching for her genitals from this position would be very difficult without cooperation. Bialek would have had to raise her skirt, unless she was wearing a miniskirt, which would have been provacative for this meeting.

    // Bialek: I was surprised and shocked, and I said, what are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend,” Bialek recalled saying. “This is not what I came here for.” //

    Bialek’s reaction was to rebuff Cain’s advance, assuming there was one. She explains in social terms that she is not available, and isn’t interested in making out. She didn’t slap Cain or immediately leave the car, things she would likely have done if she felt threatened.

    It would be impossible, short of brute attack, for Cain to reach over, grab Bialek’s head, and attempt to guide her sideways and down toward his lap, missing the steering wheel, while Bialek resisted. What would be the point of that, as we can assume that Cain had his pants on? Was he going to hold Bialek’s head with one hand while he unzipped and maneuvered with his other hand? Bialek didn’t notice this.

    Bialek did not leave the car after this supposed brute attack. She asked Cain to drive her home, which he did.

    I infer that at worst, Cain put his hand on Bialek’s leg. The rest is a clumsy exaggeration. Bialek might have been friendly and flirty, wanting a job, and Cain misinterpreted Bialek’s demeanor. Bialek might have been angry and disappointed, receiving a sexual invitation rather than a job, if indeed she received anything.


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