A third woman accuses Herman Cain of past harassment

Chris Moody

The Associated Press reports that a third anonymous former employee who worked for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain claims to have been "harassed" by Cain when she worked for him.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A third former employee says she considered filing a workplace complaint over what she considered aggressive and unwanted behavior by Herman Cain when she worked for the presidential candidate in the 1990s. She says the behavior included a private invitation to his corporate apartment.

She worked for the National Restaurant Association when he was its head. She told The Associated Press that Cain made sexually suggestive remarks or gestures about the same time that two co-workers had settled separate harassment complaints against him.

The employee described situations in which she said Cain told her he had confided to colleagues how attractive she was and invited her to his corporate apartment outside work. She spoke on condition of anonymity, saying she feared retaliation.

Cain's campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon responds:

"Mr. Cain has said over the past two days at public events that we could see other baseless allegations made against him as this appalling smear campaign continues." Gordon added, "He has never acted in the way alleged by inside-the-Beltway media, and his distinguished record over 40 years spent climbing the corporate ladder speaks for itself."

The revelation arrives three days after Politico reported that Cain faced allegations from two women while he was president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Cain's campaign team has struggled this week to push away the story. Mark Block, Cain's campaign manager, denied all accusations of harassment.

"Mr. Cain has never sexually harassed anybody. Period. End of story" Block said.

When asked about the possibility that more women could come forward with allegations, Block declined to answer.

"What didn't you understand about what I just said?" he responded.

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