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Witness comes forward in support of Cain accuser

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Dr. Victor Zuckerman and attorney Gloria Allred, speaking at a news conference Monday in Shreveport Dr. Victor Zuckerman and attorney Gloria Allred, speaking at a news conference Monday in Shreveport
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Louisiana physician has stepped forward to corroborate allegations of sexual harassment against Republican candidate Herman Cain. 

With high-profile celebrity attorney Gloria Allred at his side at the Holiday Inn in downtown Shreveport Monday afternoon, Dr. Victor Zuckerman read from a prepared statement, saying he and former girlfriend Sharon Bialeck spent time with Cain more than a decade ago. 

Zuckerman, a pediatrician currently practicing in Ruston, Louisiana, detailed his recollection of the night Bialeck claims Cain made unwanted sexual advances while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C. 

Zuckerman did not, however, witness the alleged sexual advances. He could only confirm that they and Cain had met.  "When she returned, she was upset," recalls Zuckeran. "She said that something had happened and that Mr. Cain had touched her in an inappropriate manner. She said she handled it but didn't want to talk about it any further. I respected her request."

[Click here to read Dr. Zuckerman's full statement (PDF)]

Allred says Dr. Zuckerman came forward because of Cain's denial of knowing Bailek. Zuckerman did not take questions following the statement. Allred says his statement refuting Cain's denial is "relevant on the issue of character" as a presidential candidate.

"We'd like him to acknowledge he does indeed know Ms. Bialek," Allred says.

[Click here to read Allred's full statement (PDF)]

Bialek is the first of Cain's accusers to go public. Bialek said she had met Cain in Washington to seek advice after losing her job at the association. At least three other women have also claimed that Cain sexually harassed them.


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