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.
Here are the women who have been linked to Cain:
On Oct. 31 Politico broke the news that two women had filed sexual harassment claims against Herman Cain when he ran the National Restaurant Association 20 years ago. At the time the story was published the women wished to remain anonymous, but one, Karen Kraushaar, came forward on Nov. 8, the day after a third woman, Sharon Bialek, held a press conference alleging she was sexually harassed by Cain. Kraushaar, a Treasury Department spokeswoman, was an employee at the National Restaurant Association during the time Cain was head of the group. She did not discuss the details of the claim, but her attorney described the story Bialek told as familiar. "I'm not authorized to give specifics, but the conduct is similar and it's corroborating evidence for the complaint my client filed." Kraushaar received a settlement of about $45,000.
One of the first women known to have filed a sexual harassment claim against Herman Cain has shown no interest in revealing her identity or publicly discussing the accusations. The woman, who works for a New Jersey lobbying firm, has deliberately dodged reporters and turned down requests to hold a joint press conference with the other women accusing Cain of sexual harassment. The woman filed a complaint accusing Cain of inappropriate behavior in 1998, while working at the National Restaurant Association. She left the job after receiving a $35,000 settlement.
Shortly after the story broke that two women had filed sexual harassment claims against Herman Cain, a third woman, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press she also considered filing a complaint while working at the National Restaurant Association. The woman accused Cain of making sexually suggestive remarks and gestures, even inviting her to his corporate apartment for a private visit. She described his behavior as aggressive and inappropriate, similar to the claims made by the previous accusers.
Sharon Bialek was the first woman to go public with accusations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain. She held a press conference on Nov. 7 in New York, and claimed Cain made inappropriate advances toward her in 1997, while she was seeking a job. Bialek said that while the two were sitting in the car after dinner and drinks, Cain stuck his hand under her skirt, and also grabbed her head and pushed it toward his crotch. She said that when she protested, Cain responded "You want a job, right?" Bialek, a single mother, appeared with celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred. She said, "I'm coming forward to give a face and a voice to the women."
Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White came forward on Nov. 28 alleging she and Herman Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair. White said in an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta that she first met Cain in the late 1990s when he was president of the National Restaurant Association, and the affair ended shortly before Cain announced he was running for president. Before the Atlanta TV station reported the news, Cain, who was in the middle of a segment on CNN, broke the story himself. He told anchor Wolf Blitzer, "This individual is going to accuse me of an affair for a specified period of time." Cain denied any wrongdoing, calling the woman "an acquaintance who I thought was a friend."
A far cry from the typical campaign wife, Herman Cain's wife, Gloria, has stayed out of the public eye during her husband's campaign, even after the sexual harassment claims were reported. But on Nov. 13, as the scandal continued to unfold, Gloria Cain finally came forward and gave her first interview since her husband announced his bid for the presidency. Appearing on Fox News, Cain said the sexual harassment accusations against her husband didn't ring true. "I know the type of person he is. He totally respects women," she said. "I'm thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said." Gloria Cain has not responded publicly to the most recent claim, Ginger White's announcement that she and Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair.