WASHINGTON (AP) - A Georgia businesswoman said Monday she and Herman Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair, an allegation the
Republican presidential hopeful denied as strongly as earlier
allegations of sexual harassment.
"Here we go again. I didn't do anything wrong," Cain said on
CNN. He acknowledged he knew the woman who was behind the
Moments after Cain issued a preemptive denial, an Atlanta
television station posted a story to its website quoting a woman
identified as Ginger White as saying, "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."
Cain's candidacy was soaring in the polls until he was hit less
than a month ago with accusations that he sexually harassed several
women and groped one while he was a high-ranking official at the
National Restaurant Association. He has since fallen back in the
surveys, and more recently eclipsed by Newt Gingrich in the race to
emerge as the principle conservative alternative to Mitt Romney.
In this case, unlike the others, Cain took the unorthodox step
of issuing a denial in advance.
"I did not have an affair, and until I see and hear exactly
what's going to be, what accusations are going to be made, let's
Asked if he suspected his accuser had emails, letters, gifts or
other possible evidence of an affair, he said,"No."
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