Cain 'paid off' female staff over sex claims
Herman Cain, the Republican presidential candidate, was battling to keep his bid for the White House on track last night after details emerged of a "sexual overture" to a female employee in the late 1990s.
The woman was said to be about 30 at the time, more than two decades younger than Mr Cain, who was then president of the National Restaurant Association.
The woman, who worked in the NRA's government affairs division, was furious about what he had said to her and lodged a complaint, according to 'Politico', the US newspaper.
One source said that Mr Cain, who made his name as chief executive of Godfather's pizza company, had made an overtly sexual suggestion and "she perceived that her job was at risk if she didn't do it".
The woman, who now works in New Jersey, is said to have left the NRA with a severance sum of about $35,000 (€25,400). Another woman who also made allegations of sexual harassment is said to have received $45,000 (€32,650) to leave.
After a day out of the public eye, Mr Cain was due yesterday to make a high-profile speech in Washington before the Americans for Prosperity group, which is aligned with the Tea Party movement.
In a radio interview Mr Cain rejected claims that he had made "inappropriate and awkward" comments to two of his female employees. (© Daily Telegraph, London)