Were you wondering how to spend $999 next Thursday? Well, if you want to line the coffers of Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain—and meet the man himself—that magical number will get you into Cain's NYC fundraiser next week. Politicker NY reports, "Mr. Cain is spending next Thursday in the Big Apple to raise funds with a lunch at the Russian Tea Room and cocktails at Club 101 on Park Avenue. Both events feature a half hour 'VIP Reception' with a minimum donation of $999 and an hour-and-a-half long 'General Reception' that costs $500 to get in the door." Still, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO is battling questions about various payouts to past female employees and now one of his accusers has broken her silence (via her lawyer).

When Cain headed the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, there were interactions between Cain and three female employees that involved allegations of sexual harassment, and at least two resulted in financial settlements for the women. One was paid a year's salary—$35,000—while the other was paid $45,000. Joel Bennett, lawyer for the accuser who received $45,000, said today, “She made a complaint in good faith about a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the CEO," adding that Cain knows the specifics.

Bennett said his client, an "intelligent, well-educated woman with a professional job in the federal government, happily married for 26 years," did not want to publicly relive the incident, "It's been quite an adjustment for her. She's a private person, and has no desire to be a public figure." The woman's statement was meant to refute Cain's claim that the accusations were baseless.

The NY Times has details about the other incident:

The advances were said to have taken place during a festive night in which Mr. Cain and several younger staff members drank until late in the evening, and his flirty banter with the woman crossed over into propositions that she leave with him, these people said, speaking in separate interviews and on the condition of anonymity.

One person with direct knowledge of her account at the time said that the woman — roughly two decades Mr. Cain’s junior and serving in a lower-level job — rebuffed him but that he continued to make advances. “She was uncomfortable, and it was inappropriate from the start,” this person said. “He was persistent.”...

Three people familiar with the details of the woman’s account said that she complained to higher-ups at the restaurant association. She then came to feel that there was a “change of attitude,” from her bosses toward her, they said, adding to her discomfort and leading her to finally decide it would be best to leave.

It was then that the deal to pay her a severance of $35,000 — roughly a year’s salary — was struck between her lawyer and the association’s general counsel, they said. The severance agreement was unusual not only for its size, three people familiar with it said, but also for its confidentiality provision.

Ever since Politico broke news of the sexual harassment allegations, Cain's campaign has been in crisis mode... and apparently the Cain campaign is considering suing Politico.