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Wednesday
Nov022011

Herman Cain May Be Breaking Confidentiality Agreement, Say Experts

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Herman Cain might be breaching the confidentiality agreement reportedly muzzling his alleged sexual harassment accuser when he speaks publicly about the incident, legal experts say.

The Republican front-runner has downplayed accusations of inappropriate conduct from two female employees when he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999.

Cain has said he was not aware of reported settlements that gave the women money to leave the National Restaurant Association after the incidents, as first reported by Politico Sunday, or that they were bound by confidentiality agreements.

Questions remain regarding the timing of the reported agreement and whether it binds the association or Cain, who left the association over a decade ago. But Alan Dershowitz, Harvard law professor, said it would be unusual for any such agreement to prohibit only the accuser from speaking about the incident, and not the accused.

"He has spoken to the media and very well may have waived a confidentiality agreement," Dershowitz said. "It can't be the case that he can present his perspective and she can't. She is certainly entitled to answer what he has put forward in the media."

Dershowitz said he doubts the agreement contained a specific provision that prohibited the employee from speaking, even if Cain spoke publicly.

"I doubt that would be in there," Dershowitz opined. "It would be very unusual and something that most lawyers would not agree to."

Joel Bennett, attorney for the former female staff member reportedly at the center of the anonymous story, had no comment.

"In all my over 40 years of business experience...I have never sexually harassed anyone," Cain said Monday at the National Press Club. "While at the Restaurant Association, I was accused of sexual harassment -- falsely accused, I might add."

One accuser reportedly received a severance package worth one year's salary, $35,000, from the National Restaurant Association, The New York Times reported.

Bennett and his client have yet to contact the National Restaurant Association to see whether it will waive the confidentiality agreement from 12 years ago when the case was settled. Although she would like to address the situation, until they waive the agreement, she will be keeping quiet, he has told the media.

Cain said he had difficulty recalling details connected to allegations against him and that his opponents have created a "smear campaign." His supporters and conservative pundits say the timing of the story -- during Cain's unexpected acendancy -- and Politico's unwillingness to divulge more details about the anonymously sourced story, are meant to derail Cain's momentum.

Cain's campaign could not be immediately reached for comment, but previously admitted the day the story broke was one of the campaign's most successful days for online fundraising.

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Thursday
Oct062011

Herman Cain Tells Occupy Wall Street Protesters to 'Blame Yourself'

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A pair of Republican presidential candidates had some harsh words for the protesters who've been hectoring Wall Street for the past three weeks: Cut out the "class warfare" and "blame yourself" for being poor and jobless.

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said the demonstrators are coming across as "anti-capitalism." The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza said the Occupy Wall Street protesters are trying to distract the country from President Obama's "failed policies."

"Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!" Cain said. "It is not a person's fault because they succeeded, it is a person's fault if they failed. And so this is why I don't understand these demonstrations and what is it that they're looking for."

At a campaign stop in Florida Tuesday, Mitt Romney said the demonstrations were "dangerous" and "class warfare."

When ABC's Emily Friedman asked Romney Wednesday about the protests, the GOP frontrunner declined to elaborate on his previous comments, saying "I'm just trying to get myself to occupy the White House."

But while these Republicans are condemning the protests, some Democrats have sympathized with the thousands of people who have camped out in front of the New York Stock Exchange.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that the administration "understands" why people are frustrated.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson of Connecticut applauded the protesters for "standing up for what they believe in."

About 2,000 people were expected to descend upon lower Manhattan in New York City Wednesday as 15 of the country's largest labor unions joined the demonstrations in Zuccotti Square. Copycat protests have sprung up around the country from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles to support a wide range of causes, the most prominent of which is ending corporate greed.

"In New York and across the country, thousands of Americans have taken to the streets, certain of the morality of their message: bringing fairness to Main Street," Larson said in a statement. "The silent masses aren't so silent anymore. They are fighting to give voice to the struggles that everyday Americans are going through."

The Consumer Financial Protection Board's former interim chief, Elizabeth Warren, who just launched her bid in Massachusetts for Sen. Scott Brown's U.S. Senate seat, said protesters should, first and foremost, follow the law, but she added that "people on Wall Street broke this country, and they did it one lousy mortgage at a time.

"The housing market remains a bane for Massachusetts and the country," Warren said. "We need to...take serious and hard steps to get this housing market to level out so we can start rebuilding our economy."

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