Herman Cain‘s presidential campaign faces a fresh challenge this evening after a woman named Sharon Bialek made allegations about alleged sexually inappropriate behaviour. She is not the first woman to made allegations about Cain, but she is the first to do so in such a public way.
At a press conference organised by LA lawyer Gloria Allred, Sharon Bialek went into her allegations in great detail. Whereas Cain’s team have been able to dismiss previous allegations easily, partly because they were not linked to a name or a face, this time Sharon Bialek is a very public face, and the press conference attracted significant media coverage.
Cain’s team have already described the allegations as false, and this is very much a case of ‘he said, she said’. It’s not clear whether Sharon Bialek has any evidence to back up her claims. But for Herman Cain, who has been riding high in the polls in recent week, this is a career-defining moment. Even if he’s innocent of all these allegations, mud can stick in the political world.