Attorney Debra S. Katz, who specializes in employment law, said Monday night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann that the fourth sexual harassment accusation against presidential candidate Herman Cain could amount to sexual assault.
Sharon Bialek, who is a registered Republican and tea party supporter, told reporters Monday that the then-CEO of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) had put his hand “under my skirt and reached for my genitals” while she was meeting with him about a job in mid-July 1997.
“Here we have a sexual battery,” Katz said. “He has touched her in an offensive manner, and I think it has criminal implications as well.”
But the case is long past the statute of limitations.
“The court where it will apply most now is the court of public opinion,” she said.
Katz praised the bravery of Bialek for coming forward publicly with the allegations.
Three other women have accused Cain of engaging in aggressive and unwanted behavior while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association.
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