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Cain blames rival Perry, media for disclosures of old sexual harassment claims

Perry denies claim, his aide blames Romney’s campaign, which also said it was not source of information.

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WASHINGTON — Herman Cain is defending himself anew and — without evidence — blaming presidential rival Rick Perry’s campaign of being behind the disclosure of years-old sexual harassment allegations against him. Cain is pressing forward, even as a third woman says she considered filing a complaint against him over sexually suggestive remarks and gestures.

“That is the DC culture: Guilty until proven innocent,” Cain told Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in an interview published Thursday on The Daily Caller website.

As the allegations rocked his campaign for the fourth day, the Georgia businessman’s team intensified its claim that Perry’s advisers or allies were the source of the initial story — in Politico — on Sunday night. It disclosed the National Restaurant Association had reached financial settlements with two former employees who complained the Cain had engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior while head of the trade group in the 1990s.

Perry, himself, denied that he and his campaign were involved in any way.

A Perry aide suggested Mitt Romney’s campaign was behind it, asserting ties between Romney’s campaign backers, Cain and the trade group without providing evidence of any involvement. The former Massachusetts governor’s campaign said it had nothing to do with the disclosures.

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