SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO OF THE WOMAN MAKING THE ALLEGATION OF 13-YEAR AFFAIR WITH CAIN
Allegations of sexual harassment have already had a major effect on GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's campaign. As news began to leak on Monday afternoon that another woman planned to make sexual accusations against him, Cain decided to get out in front of the story.
In the middle of an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Cain decided to discuss the new allegations:
"This individual is going to accuse me of an affair for an extended period of time," Cain said. "It is someone that I know who is an acquaintance that I thought was a friend."
Cain said he learned about the accusation after his lawyer talked to a reporter about it.
Cain said his wife's immediate reaction upon hearing of the accusation was, "Here we go again." He said he had no plans to drop out of the race. "Not as long as my wife is behind me and as long as my wife believes I should stay in this race, I'm staying in this race."
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Fox 5 Atlanta’s Dale Russell is currently promoting on his Facebook page a piece alleging that Cain had a 13-year affair. “Cain denies an affair, but not a relationship,” says Russell.
Russell writes on MyFoxAtlanta that he sat down with Ginger White over the Thanksgiving weekend. White claims that she and Cain engaged in a 13-year-long affair. Cain's attorney sent the following statement in regards to the allegations to the Fox affiliate:
"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 interview is set to air at 6 p.m.