The attorney for a woman who made sexual harassment accusations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said he is negotiating to release a statement detailing her version of the case, but added that she has decided not to discuss the incident herself.
According to the New York Times, Joel P. Bennett, the woman’s lawyer, said his client has decided not to make a public statement to “shield herself from the media frenzy swirling around the situation," eports.
Bennett said he plans to send the National Restaurant Association, where both Cain and the woman worked when she said the harassment took place, a proposed statement detailing how his client’s version of events differs from Cain's.
If the association agrees that the statement does not violate the nondisclosure agreement made between the woman and the association when she left the organization, Bennett said, he hopes to release the statement Thursday.
The attorney has called upon the Restaurant Association to release his client from the confidentiality deal she signed as part of the settlement she received to settle the sexual harassment case, saying she should be given the opportunity to respond to Cain's "bad-mouthing" of her case.