Cain accuser agrees to vacate home in eviction case
By Lauren FitzPatrick Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org January 6, 2012 4:48PM
Sharon Bialek leaves Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie following hearing, Friday, January 6 2011. | John H. White~Chicago Sun-Times.
Updated: January 6, 2012 5:12PM
A north suburban woman who publicly accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment agreed Friday she’ll leave the townhome from which her landlord is evicting her.
Sharon Bialek said after the hearing at the county courthouse in Skokie that she hopes her life then might return to some kind of normalcy. She told Judge Thaddeus S. Machnik she’ll move out of the house on Admiral Court by March 2nd.
The 50-year-old single mother of a 13-year-old was being sued for back rent totaling about $7,500. She’ll return to court on Jan. 13 to finalize the deal with her landlord, Tatiana Sharnova. Sharnova’s attorney could not be reached for comment.
Bialek came forward on Nov. 7 to accuse Cain of sexual impropriety at work, the fourth woman to accuse the Republican presidential candidate, but the first to give her full name and show her face.
Cain’s campaign accused her of fabricating a story for money, pointing to her troubled financial past that included two bankruptcies and to cash settlements two other accusers had received.
Within weeks, a Georgia woman said Cain had been having an affair with her for the past 13 years, unbeknownst to his wife, Gloria, and on Dec. 3rd, Cain suspended his bid for the GOP nomination. He continues to deny any impropriety.
Bialek said she met Cain in 1997 in Washington, D.C., while he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association. She wanted to talk to him about landing her a job.
She said after they had dinner, they were sitting in his parked vehicle when Cain reached his hand under her skirt and then pushed her head toward his crotch. When she objected, she said Cain asked her whether or not she wanted a job.
Bialek said Friday she watched Cain deny the allegations against the other women, and felt angry that he was lying, she said. “I know because he did it to me,” she said. “He still won’t admit the truth.”
She considered what the publicity would mean to her son, a seventh-grader, and decided to go ahead with the press conference in New York, guided by famed attorney Gloria Allred.
She insists she has not profited from her story. If anything, she fears her sudden publicity has spooked potential employers. If she really had been out for money, she said, she’d have paid the back rent to keep her son in a stable home — or at least been able to hire an attorney to fight eviction.
Bialek is looking for a new home that will keep her son in his same school, and continues to look for work. The former marketing executive and registered Republican would love to reinvent herself to find a job in women’s advocacy. “I’d rather help people than line somebody’s pockets with money,” she said.