New harassment claim adds to Cain woe
HERMAN Cain's hopes of running for the White House have been dealt another blow after a conservative radio host in Iowa accused him of subjecting two of his female staff to "inappropriate and awkward" behaviour.
Steve Deace, who has considerable influence among Christian conservatives in the state in the Republican nomination contest will be cast in two months, said Mr Cain was "compromised in his private life".
As the radio host gave a press conference in Des Moines, his two female staff were rushed out of the building where he works and prevented from answering questions.
Mr Deace's allegations, which lacked detail, came as party rival Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, denied claims by Mr Cain, a former pizza company executive who has shot to the top of Republican polls, that his campaign was responsible for planting stories in the press.
Mr Cain (65) has been on the defensive since the Politico website reported that two women had accused him of "sexually suggestive" behaviour more than a decade ago.
A third accuser -- none of the women has been named -- emerged on Wednesday, though she said she had never made any complaint. The allegations have been denied by Mr Cain, though it has emerged that at least one of the women was paid a year's salary as part of a severance agreement following her claims. (© Daily Telegraph, London)