New accusations

U.S. Senate race in Alabama rocked by sexual abuse allegations against GOP candidate

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (ABC News / YouTube).

The Washington Post published a bombshell report Thursday that is sending shockwaves through a contentious race for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama that was vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to the report, four women are making claims of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, currently the Republican nominee in that Senate race, that they say occurred decades ago.

Leigh Corfman told the Post about an encounter she had with Roy Moore in 1979, when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old assistant DA in the Etowah County district attorney’s office. She said Moore approached her mother, who was at the courthouse for a custody hearing, and offered to watch the girl while her mother attended the hearing. “He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’” Nancy Wells, Corfman’s mother, 71 told the Post. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”

While he waited outside the courtroom with Corfman, he talked with her and asked for the girl’s phone number, which she gave him. Within days, she said, Moore had convinced her to take a car ride with him to his house. Once there, Corfman said, Moore told her she was attractive and kissed her. They made another visit to his home together not long after, during which, she said, Moore stripped her down to a bra and underwear and took his clothes, except for his underwear, off. She said he proceeded to touch her over her bra and underwear and had her touch him over his underwear.

“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she recalled in the interview. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman said Moore then drove her home after she asked to leave.

Moore denied the claims against him in a statement given to the Post. “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore, 70, said. After the news broke on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell weighed in, saying, “If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” The Associated Press reported.

“The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling,” Colorado Senate Chairman Cory Gardner, who heads up the Republican Senate campaign arm, said. Moore’s campaign continued to push back against the allegations, saying in a statement, “After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they would have been made public long before now.”

Still, Republican panic intensified Thursday afternoon. John McCain, one of the Senate’s most influential members, took to Twitter and urged Moore to “immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.”

Moore defeated Luther Strange in a primary held at the end of September. He made headlines when he pulled a gun out while speaking onstage at a campaign rally in late September, during the race’s final stages. Moore is squaring off against Democrat Doug Jones in the special election, which is being held on December 12.

The Post report, put together by Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites, also detailed the accounts of three other women, all of whom told similar stories about encounters they had with Moore when they were teenagers. Below, see the clip of Moore pulling out a gun during the rally.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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