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The National Restaurant Association paid $35,000 in severance pay in the late 1990s to one of the women who accused then chief executive, Herman Cain, of sexually inappropriate behavior, sources said on Tuesday.

The details of the incident are still murky, but according to Cain the accusations amount to a “witch hunt” to derail his campaign efforts.

Adding to the pressure on Mr. Cain, a lawyer for the second woman called on the restaurant association to release her from a confidentiality agreement signed as part of her settlement, raising the prospect that she could publicly dispute Mr. Cain’s account of what happened.

Read more at the New York Times.

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