Herman Cain considering lawsuit against Politico over sexual harassment story

Dylan Stableford

Herman Cain is considering a lawsuit against Politico over its explosive report this week about sexual harassment allegations against Cain while he was president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Mark Block, Cain's campaign manager, confirmed a Washington Post report that the campaign may try to sue the media company.

"It is being discussed," Block said on Fox News Channel's America's Newsroom Friday morning when asked if Cain's team was considering legal action. "End of story."

When reached by Yahoo News, Jim VandeHei, Politico's executive editor, responded: "We have not heard anything from the Cain campaign on this topic."

As The Ticket's Chris Moody points out, a lawsuit against Politico would be an uphill battle for Cain. "Public figures don't have a strong track record of beating news outlets in court," Moody wrote. "Cain's team would be required to prove that Politico's editorial hands knew the accusations in the report were false and that they published the material with intentional malice."

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