Blog Details Messages That Led To Claim 5-26-2010 - FOX Carolina 21

Blog Details Messages That Led To Claim 5-26-2010

By FOX Carolina Staff
GREENVILLE, S.C.A new post on the blog founded by a man who claims he had an affair with Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley revealed communication that he said forced him to admit the relationship.
Will Folks, founder of fitsnews.com, said in a blog post on the site on Monday that he had a physical relationship with Haley in 2007, while he was working for her House re-election campaign.
"The truth in this case is what it is," Folks said in his blog post at fitsnews.com. "Several years ago, prior to my marriage, I had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki."
Folks offered no proof of the affair in the original post, but later in the day another post said that Folks had just that.
FOX Carolina's Adrian Acosta caught up with Folks outside his home in Columbia on Tuesday. He said that he had just returned from a lengthy meeting with his lawyer and that the e-mail and text messages that prove that the affair took place will be released to the media soon.
On Wednesday morning, some of that proof showed up in a blog post on the site entitled "The Storm Before The Storm."
The post contains text messages that begin on May 13 and end on May 22, two days before Folks made the allegation of the affair. The post's writer said that there is an "escalation of the situation that led to his decision to admit the affair."
FOX Carolina is opting not to show all of the messages because of profanity. The include messages from Folks, Rep. Gresham Barrett supporter Wes Donahue, Associated Press reporter Jim Davenport, and Haley's campaign manager Tim Pearson.
One of the many exchanges between Pearson and Folks is dated May 15.
Pearson to Folks: "I think we both deny it. I think an affidavit is something we can beat down. Legally and politically. I'm telling you man, we keep this under wraps and nh is going to win."
Another message that was posted was sent from Folks to Haley, dated May 17.
Folks to Haley: "FYI … I’m denying any report that I said anything to anyone and refusing to dignify politically-motivated rumors with a response."
Just before the text messages, the post reads, "We promise Nikki will play a more prominent role in future updates."
Pearson continued Haley's vehement denial of the Folk's claim in a statement released to the media on Tuesday afternoon.
"As she has repeatedly said, this amounts to nothing more than a distraction from the things that are most important to the people of our state," Pearson said in the statement. He said that Haley will not contribute to what he calls "frenzied media sensationalism."
Barrett, Attorney General Henry McMaster and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer are also seeking the Republican nomination for governor in the June 8 primary.



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