WASHINGTON — Victor Zuckerman, a pediatrician who dated a Chicago woman who has accused Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of inappropriate sexual conduct, sought to corroborate those allegations against Cain.
Zuckerman said at a press conference in Louisiana that his former girlfriend, Sharon Bialek, was telling the truth when she came forward last week to detail Cain's alleged behavior toward her in 1997, when she visited him in Washington. Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association at the time.
Zuckerman said he was with Bialek when she first met Cain at an afterparty during a convention in Chicago. This would contradict Cain's claim of not even knowing who Bialek is, let alone having harassed her — an allegation he also vehemently denies.Story: Herman Cain 'totally respects women,' wife says in rare interview
"I'm here to shed light on whether or not Mr. Cain did indeed, in fact, know Sharon," said Zuckerman at a press conference alongside Gloria Allred, the lightning-rod attorney who also represents Bialek.
Zuckerman, a registered Republican, said that no candidate or campaign had contacted him, and he said he had not received any compensation for his appearance (despite having endured the bankruptcy of his business, which he admitted during the press conference).
Allred said last week that a previously unidentified ex-boyfriend of Sharon Bialek would share what Bialek told him about Cain making an unwanted sexual advance in the late 1990s when he headed a Washington trade association. Zuckerman would be that boyfried.
The new information could provide the first corroborating details of the incident.
Cain has denied behaving inappropriately with anyone. He also denied knowing Bialek.
Bialek was the first of Cain's accusers to go public. Bialek said she had met Cain in Washington to seek advice after losing her job at the association. At least three other women have claimed that Cain sexually harassed them.
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