A top Republican has found himself embroiled in a disturbing sex scandal that could turn the entire party upside down.
Mediaite reported that a report came out on Thursday stating that four women have come forward to claim that Alabama senate candidate and former state Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore pursued relationships with them while they were teenagers. One of the women claims that Moore actually had sexual contact with her.
Leigh Corfman told the Washington Post that she was 14 when Moore, then a 32 year-old assistant district attorney, first struck up a relationship with her. She said that though Moore seemed friendly at first, it didn’t take long for that to change.
“On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes,” the Post reported. “He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.”
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembered thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
Corfman said she then asked Moore to take her home, which he did.
Three other women say that made Moore made advances towards them while they were between the ages of 16 and 18. Though they say Moore never forced them into any kind of sexual contact, they also thought Moore’s pursuit was “troubling” in retrospect.
Moore and his campaign each have released statements denying these allegations.
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore said.
“This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation,” his campaign added in a statement of their own. Their statement went on to say that Moore has been married to his wife, Kayla, for nearly 33 years and has four children and five grandchildren, and to note that he has served in public office in the past and that no such allegations were previously made.
“The Judge has been a candidate in four hotly-contested statewide political contests, twice as a gubernatorial candidate and twice as a candidate for chief justice. He has been a three-time candidate for local office, and he has been a national figure in two ground-breaking, judicial fights over religious liberty and traditional marriage,” the statement read. “After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they surely would have been made public long before now.”
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