Herman Cain's presidential campaign started out as a long shot. But with the Republican Party in a period of transition, and upheaval, the story of an outsider and neophyte has resonated. No sooner had Cain moved from the fringe to beneath the kleig lights did he find himself in the media's glare. Questions were raised about his 9-9-9 tax plan, as well as about his knowledge of foreign affairs. And then came the three charges of sexual harassment, which stemmed from his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association.
He has chalked up the incidents as misinterpretations of his sense of humor, and given other explanations. But it will take much more than that for Cain and his candidacy to survive.
While many high profile figures have seen their careers ended by sexual harassment charges, below are five figures whose public standing has weathered such accusations.