He First Learned Of Incident Last Week

CHICAGO (CBS) — A person close to the Chicago woman who on Monday went public with details of alleged sexual harassment by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, said her decision to speak out “took some guts.”

The fiance of Sharon Bialek tells WBBM Newsradio that Bialek just told him about the alleged sexual harassment on Friday evening.

“It took some guts,” he said.

Mark Harwood — a native of the United Kingdom — says he’s been with Sharon Bialek for four years and they’ve been engaged for one year.

He was asked why Bialek is coming forward now– more than 14 years after Cain allegedly groped her.

He says it’s partly because other accusers have stayed anonymous.

“You’re looking for a new president in the U.S. next year,” he said. “I don’t think it necessarily sits well that you’ve got potentially somebody that running for candidacy and lying about some serious issues.”

“My heart of heart says the reason she’s come forward is to be the voice of these other ladies (and to) vindicate herself a little bit.”

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Harwood, who lives with Bialek in Mundelein, tells WBBM Newsradio that Bialek is “true blue” and has a “good heart,” and he says, “I’ll back her 100 percent.”

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