Herman Cain Lawyer Lin Wood: New Accusers Should 'Think Twice'
Herman Cain lawyer Lin Wood, who spoke at a Tuesday press conference defending the Republican presidential candidate against allegations of sexual harassment, said others should "think twice" before making accusations, in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"I'm not here to scare anyone off," said the high-profile Atlanta lawyer, referring to the prospect of new accusers. "[However] they should think twice anyway." He added that the campaign had not thought about bringing legal action against the women, at least for now.
Wood defended Richard Jewell, who was falsely accused in the Atlanta 1996 Olympics bombing. He also was hired by the parents of JonBenet Ramsey in a libel suit against a book publisher who alleged the mother killed their daughter, and former Rep. Gary Condit (D-Calif.), who was connected with the murder of Chandra Levy.
Another high-profile lawyer, Gloria Allred, agreed to represent Sharon Bialek without a fee, when the woman accused Cain Monday of groping her in 1997.
Karen Kraushaar also went public with sexual harassment allegations against Cain after being identified by iPad-only news outlet The Daily Tuesday. Unlike Bialek, she received a $45,000 settlement from the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s after filing a workplace complaint.
Kraushaar's attorney, Joel P. Bennett, said she would like to hold a a press conference with the other three women who have accused Cain of sexual harassment, adding that she would come forward with Bialek if the other women choose not to participate.
Cain, meanwhile, fended off the allegations in Wednesday night's debate. "I value my character and my integrity more than anything else," he said. "Over the last nine days, the voters have voted with their dollars, and they're saying they don't care about the character assassination."
Cain is continuing his campaign after the allegations and will visit Michigan tea party groups Thursday.