Lawyer: Cain accuser's complaint not about height comment


Associated Press

Posted on November 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 9 at 2:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney for the latest woman to go public with accusations of sexual harassment against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says his client never would have filed a complaint solely based on a comment about her height.

Cain says he remembers gesturing to Karen Kraushaar (KROWS'-hahr) and noting that she was about as tall as his wife, about chin-high to Cain, during his time as the head of the National Restaurant Association. Cain says he was later told by one of the trade group's lawyers that Kraushaar was upset by the exchange.

But attorney Joel Bennett describes Kraushaar as an "intelligent, well-educated woman" who "would never file a sexual harassment complaint about a comment like that." He says she'll reveal specifics of her allegations at a joint news conference he is trying to arrange with other accusers.

Kraushaar was one of two women who formally settled harassment complaints against Cain in exchange for severance payments in the late 1990s when they worked at the National Restaurant Association.

While acknowledging that there may have been "other things" in the accusations, Cain says the claims of sexual harassment were found to be "baseless."

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