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Cain: I was 'falsely accused' of sexual harassment

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Presidential hopeful Herman Cain (R) at the American Enterprise Institute this morning, takes a question on his 9-9-9 plan.

Herman Cain acknowledged there were allegations of sexual harassment while he headed the National Restaurant Association, declaring on FOX this morning that he was “falsely accused."

"I have never sexually harassed anyone, anyone," he said, "and absolutely, these are false accusations."

But he said he was unaware of any settlement with the accusers, though he didn't deny it.

"If the restaurant association did a settlement, I wasn't even aware of it," he claimed, "and I hope it wasn't for much. If there was a settlement, it was handled by some of the other officers at the restaurant association."

If more accusations are made, Cain said they, too, would be false.

“If there are more allegations, people will make them up,” Cain said.

He acknowledged the allegations could damage his campaign.

"Some people are going to be turned off by this cloud," he said, adding, of course, that he hopes they do not.

Asked why his family hasn't been a notable part of his campaign, particularly his wife, Cain said, "You will meet my wife publicly, in an exclusive interview we are planning and anticipating."

But, he said, "You won’t see my family out on the campaign trail. … My wife represents that calm and tranquility I look forward to when I go home."

He also noted that his children are adults with their own children.

In a separate potential scandal, the following was reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this morning:

"Herman Cain's two top campaign aides ran a private Wisconsin-based corporation that helped the GOP presidential candidate get his fledgling campaign off the ground by originally footing the bill for tens of thousands of dollars in expenses for such items as iPads, chartered flights and travel to Iowa and Las Vegas - something that might breach federal tax and campaign law, according to sources and documents.”

But Cain said he hadn't heard of it.

“I’m not aware of this report," Cain said, adding, "We are going to look into this report to see if there is any validity. … We will take a look at it. I didn’t even know about it until you brought it up on this show."