A third woman has come forward in Georgia to address a sexual history with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. Ginger White, an Atlanta businesswoman, claims she had a 13-year-long affair with the former president of the National Restaurant Association.
White broke her silence about their liaison on FOX 5 late Monday.
It was pretty simple, White said. It wasn't complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.
White claims she met Cain while he was president of the National Restaurant Association. They allegedly had drinks in the late 90s and Cain invited her back to his hotel room initiating an affair.
Following their first meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, White told FOX 5 Cain would invite her to join him when he traveled to give presentations for the National Restaurant Association. He would allegedly fly her to cities where he was speaking and give her expensive gifts.
He made it very intriguing, White told the news station. It was fun. It was something that took me away from my humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting.
When his book CEO of SELF was published in 2001, White claims Cain wrote a special autograph just for her stating, Friends are forever! Everything else is a bonus.
She told the news station that their physical relationship ended right before Cain announced his run for the presidency approximately eight months ago. However, White says Cain has continued to contact her using his private cell phone.
White showed FOX 5 her cell phone bills that included 61 phone calls or text messages from a number beginning with 678, allegedly the area code for Cain's private cell phone. FOX 5 reports that they texted the phone number only to receive a call back from Herman Cain himself. He claimed he knew Ginger White, but that these are more false allegations. He claims she only had his number because Cain was trying to help her financially.
The businesswoman said she came forward to explain her side of the story because she was worried about potential media coverage of the affair and because she was bothered by Cain's reaction to the two other women who came forward with accusations of sexual harassment against the Republican presidential candidate. However, White seems to have had legal trouble in the past and FOX 5 news drew attention to her questionable reliability as a source.
Cain appeared on CNN Monday afternoon prior to the release of Ginger White's allegations. He claimed his attorney was aware that the story would be told on FOX Monday evening and he wanted to preempt the claims by assuring Americans that the accusations from Ginger White are false.
Here we go again, Cain repeated on CNN.
When asked directly by Wolf Blitzer if his friendship with White was an affair, Cain replied, It was not.
Cain's attorney, Len Wood, also sent FOX 5 the following statement late Monday afternoon:
Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace - this is not an accusation of an assault - which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.
Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public's right to know and the media's right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one's bedroom door.
Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.
The statement is interesting because although Wood repeats that Cain's private sexual life will not, and should not, be discussed with the media or the public, he never actually denies Ginger White's accusations.
Cain has given no indication that he will be dropping out of the race.
Watch FOX 5's Report on Ginger White's Allegations:
Watch Herman Cain's Response on CNN Prior to the Actual Release of White's Allegations: