Karen Kraushaar rethinking joint press conference

Karen Kraushaar, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and Sharon Bialek
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Karen Kraushaar, Herman Cain and Sharon Bialek
Left to right: Karen Kraushaar, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, and Sharon Bialek
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Attorney Joel Bennett tells CBS News Karen Kraushaar, one of the women who accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of sexual harassment in the 1990's, has now decided she will NOT appear publicly unless Cain's two unnamed accusers also agree to come forward with her.

Yesterday, Bennett said Kraushaar decided to have the press conference with Sharon Bialek, and was also hoping to have any other woman there. Bialek came forward on Monday to accuse Cain of "sexually inappropriate" behavior in the 1990s.

But Bennett says Kraushaar has now concluded she would be the focus of all the attention with only Bialek at her side, so she has de

cided to wait and see if the two other women who have alleged harassment will agree to join her.

She has thus far been unable to speak with them, he said.

Here's a written statement:


For several days, my client, Karen Kraushaar, has been trying to contact the other two women who were subjected to sexual harassment by Herman Cain while he was the CEO of the National Restaurant Association. Despite diligent efforts, she has not heard from these two women.

Ms. Kraushaar has decided not to hold a press conference unless and until the other women come forward and wish to participate. She will have no further comment until that time and she and I will not be granting any interviews to the media before any such press conference. Ms. Kraushaar thanks Gloria Allred and Sharon Bialek for their willingness to appear with her but believes it would be more meaningful to have all four women present and participating.

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