Oct 31, 2011 6:56 PM by Trovette Tottress

Cain says he was `falsely accused' of harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is denying he sexually harassed anyone, though he is acknowledging that he was accused of it in the 1990s when he headed the National Restaurant Association.

Cain was responding to a report in Politico that the trade group gave financial settlements to at least two female employees who had made the accusations.

Speaking at The National Press Club this afternoon, Cain said the harassment allegations were investigated and found to be baseless, and he had "no knowledge" of the group paying any settlements.

The National Restaurant Association is not commenting on the story.

Cain also labeled the revelations a "witch hunt," saying the "bulls-eye" on his back has gotten bigger as his standing in the polls has risen. He is vowing to "stay on message" and not be distracted by the allegations.


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