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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.

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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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