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Herman Cain To Address New Sexual Misconduct Claim

Washington (CNN) -- The only woman to so far come forward and publicly accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment did so in part with her 13-year-old son's encouragement, she said Tuesday on CNN.

"He said, 'Mom, I think you need to do the right thing. I think you need to tell on him," Sharon Bialek said on CNN's "American Morning." "That confirmed it for me. If my son is saying it, I want to be the role model for him and other kids growing up."

Bialek alleges Cain groped her following a dinner in 1997. Cain is expected to address her claims in a news conference Tuesday afternoon, according to his campaign.

In what could be a preview, Cain vigorously dismissed the claims in an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night.

"The feelings that you have when you know that all of this is totally fabricated -- you go from anger, then you get disgusted," he told Kimmel. "There's not an ounce of truth in all of these accusations."

In a written statement, campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon said there was "no record, nor even a complaint filed" to support Bialek's accusation.

In an appearance on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" Monday night, Bialek said she was prepared for the scrutiny going public with the allegation was likely to bring.

"I'm willing to handle it," she said. "I'm a tough girl."

Bialek's bombshell came as Cain was in his second week of battling sexual harassment allegations dating back to his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

The Chicago woman told reporters Monday that Cain unexpectedly put his hand on her leg beneath her skirt, "toward my genitals," and pushed her head toward his crotch after a dinner at which she sought his help finding a job.

She said she had just been laid off from the restaurant association's educational foundation and was hoping Cain could help her find new work.

Bialek said Cain told her, "You want a job, right?" -- but he stopped when she protested, she said.

"I respected him. I looked up to him. And it just was shocking to me that he would use that power in such a way," Bialek told CNN.

Bialek said she didn't file a complaint at the time because she was embarrassed and unsure that she had any legal grounds because she no longer worked for the association.

Bialek's appearance follows the disclosure last week that the group provided payments to two women who left after alleging sexual harassment by Cain during the same period.

But she said Tuesday that she's not after money, despite a bankruptcy stemming from bills related to her late mother's medical bills.

"And I could have actually sold my story, but I didn't because .... my whole objective is to tell the truth and also help other people out there who may have been in similar situations."

Bialek's fiance, Mark Harwood, backed her up in an interview with CNN affiliate WGN-TV.

"This isn't for fun. You don't go on a political stage and make these kinds of press conferences unless you really stand by your convictions," he said. "There was no money motive to this. She's got the same political interests as Herman Cain in terms of party, so it wasn't like there was opposing political gain here at all."

Cain has denied all accusations of sexual harassment, and his campaign put out a fresh denial after Bialek's accusations Monday. Click here to read more

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