U.S. Se­nate hope­ful de­nies al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual im­pro­pri­ety

National Post (Latest Edition) - - WORLD - Steve Peo­ples

• An Alabama woman s ays Roy Moore, t he Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for next month’s U. S. Se­nate elec­tion, made in­ap­pro­pri­ate ad­vances and had sex­ual con­tact with her when she was 14, ac­cord­ing to a Wash­ing­ton Post story Thurs­day.

The Moore cam­paign called the re­port “the very def­i­ni­tion of fake news and in­ten­tional defama­tion.”

Se­nior Repub­li­cans swiftly called for Moore to step aside if the al­le­ga­tions are shown to be true.

“The al­le­ga­tions against Alabama Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore are deeply trou­bling,” said Colorado Sen. Chair­man Cory Gard­ner, who leads the Se­nate GOP cam­paign arm. “If these al­le­ga­tions are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama spe­cial Se­nate elec­tion.”

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell added: “If these al­le­ga­tions are true, he must step aside.”

The Moore cam­paign’s state­ment said, “Judge Roy Moore has en­dured t he most out­landish at­tacks on any can­di­date in the mod­ern po­lit­i­cal arena, but this story in to­day’s Wash­ing­ton Post al­leg­ing sex­ual im­pro­pri­ety takes the cake,” reads the state­ment, not­ing that Moore has been mar­ried to the same woman for 33 years and has four chil­dren and five grand­chil­dren.

The Moore cam­paign con­tin­ued, “Af­ter over 40 years of pub­lic ser­vice, if any of these al­le­ga­tions were true, they would have been made pub­lic long be­fore now.”

The i nci­dents are re­ported to have taken place when Moore, the 70-year-old for­mer state Supreme Court judge, was serv­ing as an as­sis­tant district at­tor­ney in his early 30s, ac­cord­ing to the Post.

The news­pa­per re­ports that Moore, then 32, first ap­proached 14- year- old Leigh Corf­man in early 1979 out­side a court­room in Etowah county, Ala.

Af­ter phone calls and meet­ings, he drove her to his home some days later and kissed her, the Post quotes Corf­man as say­ing. On a sec­ond visit, he took off her shirt and pants and re­moved his clothes ex­cept for his un­der­wear be­fore touch­ing her over her bra and un­der­pants, Corf­man told the Post. He also guided her hand to touch him over his un­der­wear, she said.

“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she told the Post. “Please just get this over with. What­ever this is, just get it over.”

Moore won the right to rep­re­sent the GOP in the Dec. 12 spe­cial elec­tion af­ter sur­viv­ing a bruis­ing pri­mary elec­tion that di­vided the GOP.

Aside from Corf­man, three other women in­ter­viewed by the Post in re­cent weeks said Moore ap­proached them when they were be­tween the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s. None of the other women said that Moore forced them into any sort of re­la­tion­ship or sex­ual con­tact.

AL­LE­GA­TIONS AGAINST ROY MOORE DEEPLY TROU­BLING.

BRYNN AN­DER­SON / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

An Alabama woman is ac­cus­ing for­mer judge Ray Moore of hav­ing sex­ual con­tact with her when she was 14.

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