Herman Cain: 'I Have Never Sexually Harassed Anyone'

October 31, 2011 - 12:15 PM

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Campaign buttons for Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain are seen on sale as he campaigned in Talladega, Ala., Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

(CNSNews.com) - "I have never sexually harassed anyone -- anyone. And absolutely, these are false accusations," GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain told Fox News on Monday.

He was responding to a Politico report that he sexually harassed two female employees of the National Restaurant Association, which Cain headed in the 1990s.

"Multiple sources" told Politico that the two women complained of "sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable." The report says the women signed agreements “that gave them financial payouts" and barred them from talking about the reasons they were leaving the restaurant group.

Cain said he was “falsely accused” by two women while working at the National Restaurant Association. “I say falsely, because it turned out after the investigation to be baseless.”

Moreover, Cain said he was unaware that the restaurant association paid any money arising from the women’s complaint. “If the restaurant association did a settlement, I wasn’t even aware of it, and I hope it wasn’t for much, because nothing happened. So if there was a settlement, it was handled by some of the other officers that worked for the association,” he told Fox News.

The National Restaurant Association released a statement saying, “The incidents in question relate to personnel matters that allegedly took place nearly fifteen years ago. Consistent with our longstanding policy, we don’t comment on personnel issues relating to current or former employees.”

Cain told Fox he will “stay on message” and “continue to what’s necessary to execute our strategy to win the nomination.”

"Now obviously, some people are going to be turned off by this cloud that someone wanted to put over my campaign -- but a lot of people aren't going to be turned off. We'll just have to wait and see what happen,” Cain said.