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Ginger White posing near Dunwoody, Georgia. on Monday.
A new accuser stepped forward today, claiming to be the mistress of Herman Cain for more than 13 years.
Ginger White told a Fox News Atlanta affiliate their consensual extramarital affair began in Louisville, Kentucky back in the late 1990s. She said he met the the then-president of The National Restaurant Association. after he gave a presentation, they had a couple drinks, then went back to his hotel room.
"It was pretty simple. It wasn't complicated," said White, an Atlanta businesswoman. "I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware that I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship."
Over the years, she said Cain put her up in fancy hotels and gave her gifts. She produced cell phone records showing 61 phone calls or text messages to or from Cain's private number, the latest in September of this year. As further evidence of their relationship, White has two books signed by Cain.
In the interview, White said she spoke out because she "felt bad for" Cain's other accusers. "It bothered me that they were being demonized, sort of, and being treated as if they were automatically lying, and the burden of proof was on them," she said.
This prompted a fresh round of denials from Cain, who denies ever conducting an affair.
Tonight, Cain released a statement reading "I have spoken directly to the American people and have been 100% honest with them... I will not fight false claims as it is not what America needs or wants."
Earlier in the day, he warned of the latest accusation going public.
Cain has been married to his wife, Gloria, for more than 43 years.