We were already told that one accuser received $35,000, and now Politico reports that the other accuser was given $45,000. James Pethokoukis puts the numbers into present context: “Assuming Politico is correct, total Cain alleged harassment settlement payments = $113,000, adjusted for inflation.”
Is this a major settlement? A small one? We’ll have to wait for experts to weigh in, but clearly it goes well beyond the “two months…maybe three months’ salary” that Cain described during his Greta Van Susteren interview earlier this week.
Meanwhile, new information about what may have sparked the sexual harassment allegations is coming to light – this time from a conservative news outlet, Pajamas Media. PJM’s Richard Pollack reports:
One source, a male, told PJ Media:
Herman took advantage of seniority and power with a young woman. It was an abuse of power.
According to the female source, Mr. Cain and the woman had been with a large group for a long evening of food and drink at the Ciao Baby Cucina, a restaurant near NRA headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. This was a normal routine, as the trade association worked with the food and beverage industry. Afterwards, Mr. Cain allegedly took the woman by taxi to his apartment, where she spent the night and woke up. …
Neither source has direct knowledge of what occurred at Mr. Cain’s residence, but several days after the alleged incident, the female source witnessed the woman returning to her workplace “distraught.” “She was very upset.”
This sounds more alarming than a case of misinterpreted remark or unwanted compliment, which is how the Cain campaign has been trying to spin the charges. The woman was reportedly in her early 20s, while Cain would have been in his 50s at the time and was president of the organization she worked for.
It should be stipulated that not only is the allegation unproven but also these sources are anonymous and neither had direct knowledge of whether Cain took the woman to his apartment or what happened there.
But if the incident went down the way the source describes, Cain can say goodbye to his political career. This sounds like a clear abuse of power, not to mention a damning indictment of his character.