Saturday 23 September 2017

Cain accuser has twice filed for bankruptcy

Jon Swaine in Washington

The woman who was allegedly groped by Herman Cain has been forced to deny that she came forward to make money, after it emerged that she and her British fiance had faced financial problems.

Sharon Bialek, who claims the Republican presidential hopeful put his hand up her skirt in July 1997, has twice filed for bankruptcy and has faced demands for thousands of dollars in unpaid tax.

The $1.2m (€870,511) home that her fiance, Mark Harwood, shared with his ex-wife in Chicago was also repossessed.

Mr Cain, whose campaign has been under siege for the past 10 days, faced claims yesterday of inappropriate behaviour from yet another woman. He was poised to address allegations from four other women 'head on' at a press conference. "There is not an ounce of truth to all these allegations," he said.

Ms Bialek (50) rejected accusations that she exaggerated her account to make money from television or magazine deals.

She claimed the pizza restaurant tycoon (65), tried to grab her crotch and pushed her head into his lap after she was fired by the National Restaurant Association, which he led.

Dick Morris, a former aide to Bill Clinton, said: "Of course it's all about the money," he said.

Mr Cain's campaign also attacked Ms Bialek's credibility in an email which read: "Miss Bialek has had a long and troubled history, from the courts to personal finances, which may help explain why she came forward 14 years after an alleged incident." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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