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Herman Cain goes on the offensive against newest accuser

Chris Moody
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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain spent the last week on defense after Politico reported on anonymous sexual harassment allegations made against him while he was president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. But now that one accuser has come forward publicly, Cain will be playing offense.

The Cain campaign announced late Monday night the candidate will hold an afternoon press conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Tuesday and released a statement blasting Sharon Bialek, the woman who on Monday accused Cain of making a sexual advance toward her when she asked him to help her find a job in 1997.

In an attempt to undermine the credibility of his accuser, Cain will focus Bialek's past, drawing from a report in the Chicago Tribune that showed how Bialek has faced financial and legal trouble in recent years.

"After attacking Herman Cain through anonymous accusers for a week, his opponents have now convinced a woman with a long history of severe financial difficulties, including personal bankruptcy, to falsely accuse the Republican frontrunner of events occurring over a decade ago for which there is no record, nor even a complaint filed," the message from the campaign read, which also pointed to the Democratic political donations of Bialek's attorney, Gloria Allred.

Bialek made the accusation public Monday at a dramatic press conference in New York City, where she said that Cain once touched her groin and tried to move her head toward his lap as they sat in his car after a dinner meeting. When she pulled away, Bialek claims that Cain replied, "You want a job, don't you?" Cain's campaign released an immediate response, calling the allegation "completely false."

Cain's press conference will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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