Ginger White's attorney: She is a 'woman of character'

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  • Ginger White claims she had a 13-year-long affair with Herman Cain. (AP Photo)
  • Republican presidential candidate and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain waits to speak at a press conference November 8, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
    

Herman Cain's attorney, Lin Wood, released a statement to 11Alive News Monday in connection with the Ginger White's allegation:

"Mr. Cain has been informed today that a local Atlanta 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 going forward even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media."

ATLANTA -- The attorney for Ginger White, the woman who says she carried on a 13 year affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, said Tuesday that he considers his client to be a "woman of character."

Forty-six-year-old Ginger White of Dunwoody told the Associated Press Monday that she had a long-term affair with Cain, which only ended earlier this year around the time he announced his run for the White House. 

In an interview with 11Alive's Jeff Hullinger White's attorney, Ed Buckley said it was not White's intention to publicize her affair with Cain, but said her hand was forced when somebody within her circle of family and friends started pitching the story to reporters.

RAW VIDEO | Buckley: She is a 'woman of character'

White knows who the person is, Buckley said, but won't reveal that person's name.

Buckley said he has represented White before and said he believes her claims that she had an affair with Cain.

For his part, Cain has flatly denied the affair. "I acknowledge that I knew the woman. I acknowledge that I've known her for that period of time. But the accusation that I had a 13 year affair with her? No," he said on CNN Monday afternoon.

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Cain said he learned about the accusation after his lawyer talked to a reporter about it.

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Cain said his wife's immediate reaction 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."

Tuesday, Cain sent an email to his supporters, asking for their "friendship", saying White's allegations of an affair are "completely false."

In the email, Cain calls White a "troubled Atlanta business woman" who is promulgating a "fabricated, unsubstantiated story."

"I do know Ms. White. I have helped her financially at times over the past few years, just as I have helped many friends and acquaintances throughout the years," Cain wrote. "I thought Ms. White was a friend in need of a supportive hand to better her life."

"Ms. White has made it apparent that she was abusing the friendship," Cain wrote.

Cain went on to ask his supporters for their prayers and support. "Let me assure you, I am not deterred," he wrote. "We will continue on this journey to make America great once again."

Cain told aides Tuesday he is assessing whether the latest allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior against him "create too much of a cloud" for his Republican presidential candidacy to go forward.

Acknowledging the "firestorm" arising from an accusation of infidelity, Cain only committed to keeping his campaign schedule for the next several days, in a conference call with his senior staff.

"If a decision is made, different than to plow ahead, you all will be the first to know," he said, according to a transcript of the call made by the National Review, which listened to the conversation.

It was the first time doubts about Cain's continued candidacy had surfaced from the candidate himself. As recently as Tuesday morning, a campaign spokesman had stated unequivocally that Cain would not quit.

Cain denied anew that he had an extramarital affair with White who went public a day earlier with allegations they had been intimate for 13 years.

"It was just a friendship relationship," he said on the call, according to the transcript. "That being said, obviously, this is a cause for reassessment."

He went on: "With this latest one, we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people's minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth."

Saying the episode had taken an emotional toll on him and his family, Cain told the aides that people will have to decide whether they believe him or the accuser. "That's why we're going to give it time, to see what type of response we get from our supporters."

White insists she is telling the truth. "What I said in the interview was true," she told the Associated Press.

White has been accused of lying before. A former business partner, Kimberly Vay, filed a libel suit as part of a larger business dispute with White. Court records show a state judge ruled in favor of Vay because White failed to respond to the suit. Vay's attorney, Kurt Martin, said a jury must still decide whether to award damages.

Buckley has acknowledged the libel suit. He said White thought the libel claim had been settled as part of a larger settlement.

(CNN and the Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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