One Cain Accuser Has Chosen ‘Not to Relive’ Details of Incident, Sees ‘No Value’ in Talking

“I think he’s got it coming to him, doesn’t he?”
~Ben Bradlee

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I Missed The Statement… But apparently she includes the statement that she has “chosen not to relive the incident,” but stands by what she claimed, or something.

So she’s dropping it completely? Apparently so.

She is not asking the NRA to release her from the confidentiality agreement, except for this brief statement.

Beyond saying “what I said before was accurate,” she seems to be saying she won’t be talking further about this.

The lawyer continues to talk up the “specific incidences” detailed in the written complaint, and says Cain knows all about them, and etc., but won’t say what they are.

She prefers to keep her privacy, but she also prefers to snipe at Cain from that position of privacy?

So… one down? Or is she just not talking now, but if Cain gets closer to the nomination (or wins it), we can expect her to revisit this and begin airing complaints to the media again?

More: The National Restaurant Association actually offered to release this woman from the confidentiality/non-disparagement agreement.

She declined.

Here’s their statement:

…“Based upon the information currently available, we can confirm that more than a decade ago, in July 1999, Mr. Bennett’s client filed a formal internal complaint, in accordance with the Association’s existing policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment. Mr. Herman Cain disputed the allegations in the complaint. The Association and Mr. Bennett’s client subsequently entered into an agreement to resolve the matter, without any admission of liability. Mr. Cain was not a party to that agreement. The agreement contains mutual confidentiality obligations. Notwithstanding the Association’s ongoing policy of maintaining the privacy of all personnel matters, we have advised Mr. Bennett that we are willing to waive the confidentiality of this matter and permit Mr. Bennett’s client to comment. As indicated in Mr. Bennett’s statement, his client prefers not to be further involved with this matter and we will respect her decision…

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At GatewayPundit Jim Hoft adds,

…Bennett offered no further details about his client’s complaint against Cain but said her complaint against Cain involved several encounters in 1999 and was “very specific” and added: “If he chooses not to remember or not to acknowledge those, that’s his issue.” He said his client filed her complaint in July, 1999 and it was settled the following September. Bennett did not identify his client but said she works for the federal government and has been married for 26 years…

Read the whole thing here.

Related: Former Washington Post editor discusses Cain sexual harassment story while pawing Daily Caller reporter

On Wednesday evening The Daily Caller spoke to Washington Post Executive Editor Bob Woodward, and Washington Post vice president and former executive editor Ben Bradlee, about Chris Matthews’ new book “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero” — and about the sexual harassment allegations facing GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Watch the video interview of Bradlee by the DC’s female reporter.
…Let’s put aside the fact that no one yet knows anything, for sure, re the Cain allegations. “He’s got it coming,” for some reason.

I wonder if all Cain did was comparable to what Ben Bradlee did here: had a few drinks, stood a little too close — the better to hear, my dear — used the encouraging arm, put the hand on a woman’s shoulder. Maybe he was just steadying himself.

I could see it making a young woman uncomfortable, for sure. When I was a young woman, I never appreciated an older guy’s hand on my shoulder, at my back or on my waist. And post the Thomas-Hill debacle, women didn’t stand still for it or endure it the way we did in the 1970′s and 1980′s. And that’s a good thing.

In the 1990′s, women became vaporish and victimized over risque jokes, though. An over-correction.

Bradlee, unlike Woodward, has no problem with giving advice to Cain, “run for the roundhouse,” which I think means one can’t be cornered, there.

I don’t know what “he’s got it coming” means. Perhaps Bradlee knows more than everyone else? Perhaps he’s projecting on to Cain all the woman-abusing sins he’s observed in DC over all the years, when he was palling around with oh, Ted Kennedy and the like?…

Update: National Restaurant Association chairman during Cain’s tenure: ‘It’s a hatchet job’

…“The accusations? It’s a hatchet job, in my opinion,” Fassler told TheDC from his Phoenix, Ariz. office. “My gut tells me it’s a hatchet job. He gets a lead, he gets some traction, and the next thing you know, here come these allegations. It’s sad.”…

Asked why no complaint about Herman Cain ever reached the board, Fassler put the episode in perspective, essentially seeing the amount of money involved as small-potatoes…

“At the association, people had a level of authority — an amount of money that they can spend before they have to bring it to the board [for approval],” he explained. “In this case, if it was over their authority level — and I don’t remember what that level was — they would have to bring it to the executive committee [of the board].

“If it’s a routine matter, they don’t have to bring it to us. We never got it, so it was a routine matter.”

As the DC notes, that directly contradicts Politico’s claim about “urgent discussions of the woman’s accusations at top levels of the National Restaurant Association within hours of when the incident was alleged to have occurred.” Fassler also called Cain “thoroughly professional.”…

Allahpundit has much more at

Update 2: From Law Professor Ann Althouse, Note to Cain accuser: Saying “very specific instances” does not equal specifying instances.

…Get specific. Get specific to the point where we can judge for ourselves whether the details amount to something that counts against Cain and that exposes you to a defamation lawsuit if the details are false.

Mr. Bennett described his client as “anxious” to rebut Mr. Cain’s comments while maintaining her desire not to become “a public figure.”

You want to accuse and remain impervious to any tests of your truth-telling.


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