Four women who spoke on record with The Washington Post have alleged that Republican U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore groped, kissed, and initiated unwanted contact with them when they were teenagers in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Moore is the GOP’s favorite to win Alabama’s Senate race next month and is running against former federal prosecutor Doug Jones, a Democrat, in the December special election. The seat was vacated by Jeff Sessions, who was tapped by President Trump to lead the Justice Department earlier this year.
The women all say that Moore asked them out on dates while serving as an assistant district attorney in Gadsden, Alabama. Of the four, the youngest at the time, Leigh Corfman says she was 14 in 1979 when Moore, then 32, undressed her, groped her, and had her touch him, though they did not have intercourse.
The legal age of consent in Alabama is 16, and was at the time of the alleged incident with Corfman, when she was 14. Corfman told the Post “she began to feel she had done something wrong.”
“I felt responsible,” she told the paper. “I felt like I had done something bad. And it kind of set the course for me doing other things that were bad.”
The three other women said that they never had any sexual contact with Moore outside of kissing. One woman who was 18 years old at the time told the paper that Moore would bring bottles of wine to their dates, even though the legal drinking age was 19 in Alabama at the time.
Another woman, Wendy Miller, told The Post that she first met Moore when she was a 14-year-old working as “Santa’s helper” at a mall. He began asking her out when she was 16 years old.
Debbie Wesson Gibson, said that Moore asked her out after he spoke to her high school civics class when she was 17. And Gloria Thacker Deason told the paper that Moore gave her wine while on dates as an 18 year old.
In a statement to The Washington Post, Moore and his campaign have denied all of the allegations saying “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” and his campaign added that “this garbage is the very definition of fake news” and the accusations would have surfaced at an earlier point in his political career if true.
Curiously, Moore’s campaign sent a similar statement to Breitbart, a conservative news website, shortly before the Post published its article.