Lifelong Republican and former employee of the National Restaurant Association Sharon Bialek, standing next to her attorney Gloria Allred, just finished telling a really dirty story to the press. I mean, really dirty. Genital-grabbing dirty! And the main characters in this story are herself and Herman Cain. Whether this is non-fiction or fan-fiction remains to be seen, but I can guarantee this story will be told and told and told again.
Here's a kind of overview of the story: Back in 1997, the story's protagonist Ms. Bialek met Mr. Cain, was impressed by him and asked him when he was going to run for president. Hahahahaha! All very cute. Sometime soon after, Bialek found herself in need of employment, and her boyfriend suggested she contact Cain, who was CEO of the National Restaurant Association at the time. She did, and they made plans to meet in Washington D.C.
When Bialek arrived at her hotel, she discovered that her accommodations had been changed and she was now staying in a very nice suite. Upon meeting up again, Cain told her "I upgraded you," which just sounds dirty already.
Then, a bunch of boring stuff happened and finally Cain, according to Bialek, put his hand on her leg under her skirt — which, I'm pretty sure, is the wrong side of a skirt for a gentleman to place his hand — and reached for her genitals. (If you heard a deafening "Yikes!" a few minutes ago, that was probably the sound of the entire country reacting to that statement.)
When she protested, he allegedly responded, "You want a job, right?"
And that, children, is where destroyed presidential campaigns come from.
Update: Here's the video of the press conference…
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