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Ex-boyfriend backs Bialek's claims

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 9:43am

Today Dr. Victor Zuckerman is a pediatrician in Ruston, but in 1997, he was dating Sharon Bialek, the first woman to speak publicly about alleged sexual harassment by presidential hopeful Herman Cain. He says he met Cain at a dinner for the National Restaurant Assocation, while Bialek was working for the group and Cain served as the group's CEO.

In a news conference Monday, Zuckerman spoke with his attorney, Gloria Allred, saying that Bialek told him that Cain had "touched her inappropriately," backing up claims Bialek made in a statement last week.  He said she told him she'd "handled" the problem and didn't want to talk about it anymore.

She'd been quiet until now, Zuckerman claimed, but feels things have changed. "Like many women in the workplace, she quietly endured what she felt was a sexual assault. However, Mr. Cain is now running for the most powerful position in the world. The public has a right to know this information to help them make an informed decision." Zuckerman said he contacted Bialek shortly after reports of sexual harrasment against Cain had surfaced and encouraged her to seek out Gloria Allred.

However, there are those who remain unconvinced. Joel Pearce called the statements a "sickening," and said he remains unconvinced that Bialek is telling the truth.

Herman Cain has yet to respond to Zuckerman's claims, although he addressed Bialek's statement in a news conference last week, saying, "I don't even know who this woman is." He's denied all accusations.

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