An attorney for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has demanded cell phone records from Ginger White, the Atlanta businesswoman who claims she and Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the records show extensive and repeated communication between Cain and White. White texted Cain 70 times just in weeks between October 22 and November 18, at all hours of the night. Cain reportedly texted White 17 times, mostly in response to her messages.
Cain attorney Lin Wood sent a letter Wednesday to a lawyer representing White asking that Cain's team be provided with cell phone records showing calls and text messages between White and Cain. After learning of the results, he told the AJC he believes the texts were about Cain giving White money for rent.
“Maintain common sense,” Wood said. “Mr. Cain was extremely busy in his campaign. He didn’t have time to send a lot of texts."
Wood said Cain wanted the phone records, among other documents, so he can examine them for their authenticity and content.
White has said that Cain gave her money and gifts, but it was never a matter of "sex for cash." Cain has acknowledged that he helped White financially. On Thursday he sat down with New Hampshire's Union Leader for his most revealing interview yet about their relationship. He said the texts were all about money and he would respond with messages like, "What are you doing to get a job?"
"She wasn't the only friend who I had helped in these tough economic times, and so her messages to me were relating to ‘need money for rent' or whatever the case may be," he said. "I don't remember all the specifics."
Cain said that his wife, Gloria, was unaware of his friendship with White until the story broke, but they have since talked and she is "comfortable" with his explanation.
"My wife now knows," he told the Union Leader. "My wife and I have talked about it and I have explained it to her. My wife understands that I'm a soft-hearted giving person."
In TV interviews, White has accused Cain of carrying on a 13-year affair that she said ended shortly before Cain ran for president. Cain has called the allegations "completely false" and has labeled White as "troubled" in a message to his supporters.
Cain has not seen Gloria since White came forward with her story on Monday, and he says he will decide in "the next few days" whether to continue his campaign.
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