Restaurant association to decide on request to speak by Cain accuser by Friday

The National Restaurant Association said Thursday that they received a request from the lawyer for one of the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment during his time as president of the organization and would issue a decision about whether they would partially free her from a confidentiality order by Friday.

The woman's lawyer, Joel Bennett, said earlier Thursday that he was providing the trade association with a prepared statement that his client would like to release for them to review.

“Our outside counsel was contacted by Mr. Bennett today and was asked to provide a response to a proposed statement by tomorrow afternoon," Sue Hensley, a spokeswoman for the organization, said in a statement. "We are currently reviewing the document, and we plan to respond tomorrow."

Bennett has said that while the woman was reluctant to step forward, she felt it necessary to correct Cain's account of her accusations.

"I will be emailing a draft public statement to the National Restaurant Association's attorney this morning," Bennett said. "I will be asking the association to allow us to release the public statement without violating the confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions of the 1999 settlement agreement. I will not be making any further statements until we hear back from the association."

The announcement from the organization comes as reports surfaced pegging the total settlement amount paid to Cain's two accusers at $80,000. This figure exceeds the two-to-three months' salary that Cain suggested when initially discussing the settlement agreements.

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