According to the Times article, White settled a workplace sexual harassment charge against her employer in 2001, and has a former business partner who sought a “stalking temporary protective order” against her for “repeated emails/texts threatening lawsuit and defamation of character.”
The stalking case was dismissed, but was followed by a libel lawsuit against White. A judge entered a verdict against White in the libel suit after she failed to respond to the charges.
Cain went on CNN on Monday to pre-emptively deny White’s allegations, saying that she “was a friend” who he was trying to help out financially.
White provided the Fox 5 Atlanta television station with phone records that show dozens of phone calls and texts between her and Cain’s private cellphone number, some made as late as 4:26 a.m.
White says she has no ulterior motive in coming forward, and only did so after being dogged by the media.
Cain’s campaign has been sinking since numerous allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against him last month. Cain has called all of the allegations “baseless,” but his campaign has been hesitant to accuse any of the women of libel, which is an accusation that carries strong legal implications.
However, last month Cain attorney Lin Wood said any new potential accusers should “think twice” before coming out.