Mitt Romney: Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Allegations 'Particularly Disturbing'

11/08/2011 02:32 pm ET | Updated Jan 08, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addressed sexual harassment charges surrounding rival candidate Herman Cain on Tuesday. In an interview with ABC News / Yahoo!, he called the allegations "particularly disturbing."

"These are serious allegations," Romney told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "And they're going to have to be addressed seriously. I don't have any counsel for Herman Cain or for his campaign. They have to take their own counsel on this."

Sharon Bialek, the fourth woman to make sexual harassment allegations against Cain, came forward on Monday. She charged that he displayed inappropriate conduct toward her during his time as head of the National Restaurant Association.

Among Bialek's claims: "Instead of going into the offices, he suddenly reached over and put his hand on my leg, up my skirt, and towards my genitals." She added that when she objected, Cain said, "You want a job, right?"

The Cain campaign was quick to deny Bialek's charges as "false."

Asked if Cain's actions were of a disqualifying nature, Romney declined to comment, refraining from any type of judgment toward the female accusers' claims.

"I don't want to suppose truth or lack of truth," Romney said. "I just think it's important to recognize that a number of women have come forward with concerns. This woman’s charges are particularly disturbing and they’re serious."