Businesswoman alleges 13-year affair with Herman Cain
An hour before the interview was scheduled to air, Cain denied White's allegations during an interview on CNN.
The American people, Cain said in a statement released after White's interview aired, are tired of "dirty politics and smear tactics" and that the allegations were prompted by political opponents "afraid of a Cain presidency."
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In the WAGA interview, White described her affair with Cain as "fun" and described how Cain would fly her to meet him at his speaking engagements around the country.
Cain, White said, gave her copies of his recently published books and inscribed them with personal messages. Inside his book Leadership is Common Sense, White said he wrote: "Miss G, you have already made a 'big difference!' Stay focused as you pursue your next destination."
She said Cain autographed his book 2001 CEO of SELF, "Friends are forever! Everything else is a bonus."
White also supplied WAGA with phone records that showed 61 calls or text messages from one number that she said was Cain's private cellphone. When the reporter texted the number, Cain called them back.
White said Cain never mistreated her or sexually harassed her and planned to keep the affair a secret but became bothered by how Cain handled allegations by four women that he had sexually harassed them.
"It bothered me that they were being demonized, sort of, they were treated as if they were automatically lying, and the burden of proof was on them," White said. "I felt bad for them."
WAGA reported that several media outlets had been tipped off to White's relationship with Cain and had been trying to persuade her to come forward.
Cain acknowledged to CNN that he knew White and had considered her a friend.
"The accusation I had a 13-year affair with her, no," Cain said.
Cain said the allegations will not cause him to drop his bid for the presidency.
Cain said he found out about the allegations when the television station contacted his lawyer, Lin Wood, for comment.
In a statement to the Atlanta station, Wood called White's depiction of her relationship with Cain "private, alleged consensual conduct between adults" and "not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public."
"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," he said.