Republican GOP runner Herman Cain is in the hot seat as he has recently made contradictory statements concerning two sexual harassment charges made against him in the 90s.
When originally approached concerning the claims of sexual harassment, Cain disregarded the question. Later, at a press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington Monday, Cain acknowledged the reports, but denied their validity.
"I have never sexually harassed anyone, and absolutely these are false accusations," he told reporters, dubbing the entire ordeal a “witch hunt” as a smear attempt against his presidential campaign.
The allegations arose Sunday night, when political news website Politico announced that two female members of the National Restaurant Association had filed for sexual harassment claims when Cain was the president of the organization nearly 12 years ago. Politico also contended the women were given cash settlements in exchange for non-disclosure agreements.
The claims included “conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature.”
At Monday’s press conference, Cain went on to deny his knowledge of a settlement.
“As far as a settlement, I am not aware of any sort of settlement. I hope it was not for much because I did not do anything.”
Although originally denying knowledge of a settlement Monday morning, by Monday night Cain was admitting in interviews that “some sort of settlement or termination” had been reached.
Cain then attempted to clear the air, arguing the difference between an "agreement" and "settlement."
"I was aware that an agreement was reached. The word 'settlement' versus the word 'agreement' you know, I'm not sure what they called it," he told PBS Monday.
On Tuesday, Cain told CNN affiliated Morning Express that a settlement denotes legal action, while he was under the impression that a simple agreement was reached between the female parties and the National Restaurant Association.
Right-wingers continue to support Cain in light of his flippancy concerning the allegations.
Donald Trump told Fox News Monday night the allegations were “very unfair,” while right wing political commentator Ann Coulter called the attacks “high-tech lynching.”
Cain, with his unorthodox promotional commercials, questionable 999 economic policy, and impromptu gospel singing, is considered an eccentric candidate for the Republican Party. He is the former CEO of “Godfather’s Pizza” and is an ordained Baptist minister.