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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, speaks at the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Spartanburg, S.C.
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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.

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"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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Video: Cain has oops moment over Libya question

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    MATT LAUER, co-host: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is facing a new round of questions today after a very awkward interview where he was asked about the war in Libya and he struggled mightily to come up with an answer. NBC 's Kelly O'Donnell has more on that. Kelly , good morning.

    KELLY O'DONNELL reporting: Good morning, Matt. With all his business background, Herman Cain considers it a selling point that he's never held elective office, but that particular lack of experience may hurt his chances when you see how he struggled over a current events foreign policy question that ought to be candidate 101.

    Offscreen Voice: So you agreed with President Obama on Libya or not?

    Mr. HERMAN CAIN: OK, Libya .

    O'DONNELL: It wasn't a trick question but Herman Cain hit pause.

    Mr. CAIN: President Obama ...

    O'DONNELL: A long pause.

    Mr. CAIN: ...supported the uprising, correct?

    O'DONNELL: Cain looked unsure and uncomfortable responding to questions from editors at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .

    Mr. CAIN: I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason. No, that's a different one. They didn't -- I got to go back and see.

    O'DONNELL: His campaign blamed it on lack of sleep.

    Mr. CAIN: Got all this stuff twirling around in my head.

    O'DONNELL: A lapse that raises questions about his readiness to be commander in chief.

    Voice: You would have sent ground troops or...

    Mr. CAIN: I did -- no, I did -- I said I would have done a better job of assessing the situation relative to the opposition first before I made a decision about what we would do.

    O'DONNELL: After his awkward silences circulated on the Web , Cain simply dismissed all the fuss.

    Mr. CAIN: I mean, they asked me a question about Libya and I paused so I could gather my thoughts. You know, it's really complimentary when people start documenting my pauses.

    O'DONNELL: Cain has been under fire. He's denied allegations that he sexually harassed three women, including Sharon Bialek . Monday her former boyfriend held a news conferences to say he had met Cain and says he heard about unwanted sexual advances at the time.

    Dr. VICTOR ZUCKERMAN (Former Boyfriend of Sharon Bialek): She said that something that happened and that Mr. Cain had touched her in an inappropriate manner.

    O'DONNELL: Cain turned to his best defender, wife Gloria , who gave up her well-protected privacy to do her first TV interview on Fox News . She says she believes her husband.

    Ms. GLORIA CAIN: His conscience would bother him and he couldn't look me straight in the eye.

    O'DONNELL: Cain advisors say those video clips we showed you have been taken out of context because Cain sat for 30 to 40 minutes answering questions on a whole range of topics. Now, they acknowledge it took him a while to gain his bearings, but they say that Cain did not give any inaccurate information.

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  1. Republican candidates for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, Johnny Isakson of Marietta, left, Herman Cain of Forest Park, right, and Mac Collins of Atlanta, reflected in the mirror on the wall, wait in the green room of WSB-TV studios before the start of a debate between the three in Atlanta, July 10, 2004. (John Amis / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Republican senate candidate Herman Cain held a press conference to promote advance voting after casting his ballot with his wife Gloria in McDonough, Ga., on July 13. 2004. Cain married Gloria in 1968, the year after he graduated from Morehouse college with a degree in mathematics. The couple have two children and three grandchildren. (Rob Felt / Daily Herald via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Sarah Palin impersonator Patti Lyons, right, shares a laugh with Herman Cain in the lobby of the Marriott Wardman Park hotel during the Conservative Political Action Conference Feb. 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. In a speech on the second day of the conference, Cain declared that "stupid people are ruining America." (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Herman Cain announces his run for the Republican candidate for president at a rally, May 21, 2011 in Atlanta. Though he never held public office he worked on the Bob Dole and Jack Kemp campaign in 1996, ran for president briefly in 2000 and ran for Georgia state senate in 2004. (David Goldman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Republican presidential hopefuls Rep. Michele Bachmann, and Herman Cain, cross paths during the taping of a radio show at the Barley House, May 31, 2011 in Concord, N.H. (Jim Cole / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Herman Cain speaks in the spin room following the Republican presidential primary debate June 13, 2011 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Cain repeated his earlier statements the he would be uncomfortable with a Muslim in his cabinet (Darren Mccollester / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Herman Cain speaks during the "'Energy Independence Day Tea Party" rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, on July 4, 2011. (Joseph Kaczmarek / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Herman Cain talks to reporters as dozens of Tea Party supporters rally near the U.S. Capitol against raising the debt limit in Washington, July 27, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Herman Cain talks to voters from the Des Moines Register's Soapbox during the second day of the Iowa State Fair August 12, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Republican candidates attended the fair in hopes of winning the Iowa Straw Poll, but Cain finished 5th. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Herman Cain visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, Aug. 24, 2011. It was Cain's first trip to Israel where he also attended Glenn Becks "Restoring Courage" event. (Bernat Armangue / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Republican presidential hopefuls, from left, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, Herman Cain, and former Gov. of Utah Jon Huntsman, pose for photographs on Sept. 7, 2011 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., for the Republican presidential candidates debate. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Herman Cain speaks to delegates during the Republican Party of Florida Presidency 5 Convention in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 24, 2011. (Phelan Ebenhack / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Herman Cain talks with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show at NBC Studios on September 30, 2011 in Burbank, California. (Kevin Winter/nbcuniversal / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. After strong comeback and winning Florida's straw poll, Herman Cain makes a campaign stop and launches his new book "This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House," outside The Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, Oct. 2, 2011, in Milton, Ga. (Curtis Compton / Atlanta Journal & Constitution via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Herman Cain signs a copy of his new book for supporter Mary Wargula, of Dunwoody, Ga., Oct. 2, 2011 in Milton, Ga. Cain has written five books, two of which published during his current presidential campaign. (Curtis Compton / Atlanta Journal & Constitution via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain arrives to address the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in Washington on Oct. 7, 2011. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the Republican Presidential debate hosted by Bloomberg and the Washington Post on Oct. 11, 2011 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. The debate focused the discussion on the economy giving Cain an opportunity to promote his 9-9-9 plan, which was mentioned 24 times in the two-hour event. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Herman Cain announces that he is suspending his campaign as a Republican presidential candidate while his wife Gloria Cain stand behind him during the scheduled opening of a local campaign headquarters on Dec. 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Cain had taken time to reassess the condition of his campaign "because of all this media firestorm stuff," adding, "my wife and family comes first." (Scott Olson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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