Presidential contender Herman Cain is maintaining his innocence in the sexual harassment case against him, CBS News is reporting. The business man told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren that while he can’t even remember the name of one of the women in the Washington office of the National Restaurant Association, which he ran for more than two years in the late 1990s, he knows he didn’t do anything inappropriate.
Cain also said that he also doesn’t remember what happened with the women who have accused him of the harassment. However, he added “I have never sexually harassed anybody in my life.”
While Cain feels that his lack of memory has helped dismiss many of the claims, “the one incident that I recall…(one woman) was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying, Oh-and I was standing close to her. And I made a gesture, You’re the same height as my wife.”
Cain was also asked by Van Susteren how much money the women were paid to settle the dispute, and he said it was about two to three months salary. “But I can’t guarantee it was two months or three months. I just know it was well within the range of what we would do if we had an amicable separation between the association and an employee.”
Cain spoke of the alleged settlement with Fox after he told the National Press Club that he was unaware of any settlement. “I hope it wasn’t for much, because I didn’t do anything,” he said.
Written by: Karen Benardello