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SKOKIE, Ill. (STMW) — Sharon Bialek, the north suburban woman who publicly accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment, leading to the end of his presidential campaign, appeared in court Friday morning for a hearing on her landlord’s attempt to kick her out of her townhome.
Appearing in Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie, Bialek told Judge Jeffrey L. Warnick she needed a few more weeks to find an attorney to represent her in the case, in which her landlord is suing her for about $7,500 in back rent on the Glenview townhome. She also said she was not properly served with the eviction notice because a reporter took it from her front door.
Then she and Tatiana Sharonova, the owner of the home on Admiral Court, convened outside the courtroom to try, Bialek said, to work the situation out on their own because she wants to stay put.
“I think it should be workable, yes,” Bialek said. “I want all this to be done with.”
In November, Cain’s campaign suggested she accused him of sexual harassment because of money troubles that include bankruptcy filings in 1991 and 2001. Two other women who’d made similar accusations of harassment against Cain in the late 1990s received cash settlements.
Bialek currently is unemployed and looking for work.
During a Nov. 7 press conference, she and her attorney, Gloria Allred, said she met Cain in 1997 in Washington, D.C., while he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association, because 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 toward her genitals and then tried to get her to perform a sex act.
When she objected, she said Cain asked her whether or not she wanted a job.
She was the fourth woman to accuse him of harassment, and said she went public after Cain denied the allegations of the other women.
Then a Georgia woman said she had an affair with Cain, a married man, for 13 years. Cain denied the affair, but quickly suspended his campaign on Dec. 3.
Bialek is scheduled to return to court in the eviction case on Jan. 6.
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