A writer for the Howard Stern Show seized control of a podium intended for use by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred and her client on Monday, effectively hijacking a highly anticipated press conference meant to announce the latest developments in an ever-developing story about alleged sexual harassment committed by GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in the 1990s.
While reporters waited for Allred and her client, who would later be revealed as Sharon Bialek, Benjy Bronk of the Howard Stern Show bantered with reporters, promoted for an up-and-coming artist, and repeated the name of one of his colleague's sons.
As the intended participants of the press conference got closer to taking the stage, Bronk left the podium, asking reporters if they wanted him to leave or stay. They didn't appear to have a strong opinion one way or the other.
The Associated Press reports on the scene that followed:
Leaving little to the imagination, a Chicago-area woman on Monday accused Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain of making a crude sexual advance more than a decade ago when she was seeking his help finding a job.
"Come clean," Sharon Bialek challenged Cain at a news conference in New York at which she described herself as "a face and a voice" to support other accusers who have so far remained anonymous.
Cain's campaign swiftly denied Bialek's account. "All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false," it said in a written statement.
Bialek is the fourth woman to allege that Cain exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior while serving as head of the National Restaurant Association, and the first one to come forward publicly.