Mon November 28, 2011
Herman Cain: Another Accuser Is Coming Forward
"I just wanted to give you a heads up and your audience a heads up that here we go again," Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said on CNN a few moments ago.
Cain told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that another accuser would come forward and say they were involved in a long-term extramarital affair. Cain said he knows the accuser and he thought "we were friends."
If you remember, Cain's campaign has been rocked by allegations that he sexually harassed women while he was at the helm of the National Restaurant Association. Two women went public with the accusations and while at first Cain saw his campaign contributions expand, his poll numbers have sagged since.
In his interview with CNN, Cain would not go into details, saying all he knew was what his lawyer had heard from the reporter about to break the story. But he said that when the specifics are made public, "we will respond to every" detail.
Cain has always maintained he did not sexually harass anyone and he added that in this case he "didn't do anything wrong."
Here's CNN's video of the interview:
Update at 5:36 p.m. ET. 'No Obligation To Discuss' Allegations:
It appears Herman Cain is responding to a report to be aired on Fox 5 Atlanta. According to a short, teaser the accuser is Ginger White, an Atlanta businesswoman, who alleges she's had a 13-year affair with Cain.
Cain's attorney, Lin Wood, sent a the local news station a statement that reads in part:
"...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."