Three women have come forward with accusations of sexual harassment against Roy Moore, the embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate who has already been accused of molesting five teenage girls while he was in his thirties.
According to The Washington Post, Gena Richardson, 58, a community college teacher who described herself as a moderate Republican, said that she was a high school senior approaching her 18th birthday when Moore approached her while she was working at her job in the men’s department of Sears at the mall in Gadsen, Alabama. She said that Moore asked her where she went to school and then asked for her phone number, but that she decline to give it to him. A few days later, she recalled, she was summoned out of her trigonometry class and into the principal’s office by a phone call. Moore was on the line — he had called her school so that he could ask her out again.
After a few days went by, she said, Moore confronted her at her work at Sears to ask her out once more, and this time she agreed to go to a movie with him. But after Moore forcibly kissed her in the parking lot behind the Sears, she said, she began to feel scared of him.
“I never wanted to see him again,” said Richardson. Including Richardson, four women have now said that Moore pursued them while they worked at the Gadsen Mall. Locals have said that Moore was later banned from the mall for “badgering” teenagers.
Another Gadsen woman, Tina Johnson, has alleged that in 1991, when she was 28 years old, Moore groped her buttocks when she visited his office with her mother to settle a custody petition, according to a report by AL.com.
“He didn’t pinch it; he grabbed it,” said Johnson, adding that Moore, who was married at the time, had been hitting on her in an uncomfortable fashion the entire meeting. Johnson, who is now disabled and a devout Christian, said that she wasn’t political but that she had been bothered by Moore’s frequent bluster about his Christian faith.
“I’m not perfect, I have things in my background and I know (the public) will jump on anything,” she said. “But (what happened with Moore) is still the truth, and the truth will stand when the world won’t … I want people to know that it’s OK to finally say something. I guess I’m ashamed I didn’t say nothing, didn’t turn around and slap him.”
In a statement, a campaign spokesman for Moore said the claims were politically motivated.
“If you are a liberal and hate Judge Moore, apparently he groped you,” the statement said. “If you are a conservative and love Judge Moore, you know these allegations are a political farce.” Moore’s attorney also challenged the claims made Beverly Nelson, the fifth woman to have accused him of sexual misconduct. Nelson provided a school yearbook that she says shows a message written and signed by Moore. Moore’s attorney claims Moore didn’t write the message and suggested that it may be a forgery.
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