by Chris Haire
In an affidavit released this afternoon by FITSNews' Will Folks, the controversial blogger and one-time spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford provides new details about his claims that he had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with GOP gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.
According to the affidavit, Haley and Folks "shared [their] first kiss while sitting in her parked car outside of MacDougal's restaurant and bar" in Columbia. The kiss reportedly took place in 2007.
Following the kiss, the pair allegedly drove to a "parking lot behind the neighborhood center at Emily Douglas Park, where [they] parked for approximately 45 minutes. There we slid back the seats of her Cadillac SUV so that Rep. Haley could climb on top of me."
Folks also claims that following that first encounter, he saw Haley numerous times during Spring 2007, with most of the encounters taking place at his downtown Columbia apartment. He also states that other "romantic encounters occurred in her SUV (including one in the parking lot of the S.C. Policy Council) and in her Statehouse office."
According to the affidavit, Folks alleges that he and Rep. Haley also went out in public several times and that pair's relationship was known by a friend.
The FITSNews blogger says that the relationship with Haley ended in June 2007. Previously released phone record from Folks show that he and Haley spoke 17 times between June 2 and Aug. 30. An Aug. 25 incoming call was received by Folks at 2:24 am and lasted 146 minutes. Most of the other calls were made after 10 pm at night. Eleven lasted longer than one hour, with an Aug. 7 call lasting 180 minutes.
In the affidavit, Folks states that he ended the physical relationship with Haley because he began dating his now wife, Katrina. Later, the affidavit claims that Haley had told Folks that she wished to tell another party about their relationship, saying that the GOP nominee "was hurt and had no one to talk to about it." A message left to the third party was not returned by the time this story was released.
After the alleged physical relationship had ended, Folks claims that he and Rep. Haley continued to exchange "numerous e-mails and text messages." In the affidavit, the blogger says he "deliberately deleted these messages at the time because [he] had failed to honestly answer [his] wife's questions about [his] relationship with Rep. Haley."
According to the affidavit, Folks and Haley last exchanged texts on Jan. 3, 2010 and that these texts "referenced [their] prior relationship."