"They simply didn't happen."
Herman Cain emerged from his cone of silence Tuesday to rebut the alarming accusations of sexual harassment against him, stating repeatedly that he'd "never acted inappropriately with anyone."
The embattled Republican presidential candidate also suggested the "Democratic machine" had a hand in motivating at least one of his accusers and said he would take a lie detector test, but only for "a good reason."
With a backdrop of American flags, Cain at a Scottsdale, Ariz., news conference insisted he had no recollection of ever having met Sharon Bialek, who came forward Monday and said she'd been groped in 1997 by the then-CEO of the National Restaurant Association while meeting with him to seek help finding a job. "I don't even know who this woman is!" Cain insisted at the Scottsdale, Ariz.
The preternaturally composed Cain blamed "the Democratic machine" for bringing the "troubled" Bialek forward He did, however, recollect another accuser, Karen Kraushaar, 55, a former government spokeswoman.
She filed a formal complaint against Cain's unwanted advances while she was a restaurant group spokeswoman and left the organization with a cash settlement that came with a non-disclosure clause.
"That is the one I recall who filed a complaint, but it was found to be baseless. There was no legal settlement. There was an agreement," Cain said.
Asked by a reporter why so many women seemed to have had problems with his behavior, Cain replied, "some people don't want to see Herman Cain get the Republican nomination and some people don't want to see Herman Cain become president."