Roy Moore

Four women have gone on the record accusing U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually pursuing them when he was in his 30s and they were in their teens.

While covering Alabama’s U.S. Senate election, The Washington Post encountered four separate women in Alabama who all knew Moore when they were teenagers, and who allege that the former Alabama Supreme Court justice initiated contact with them in pursuit of romantic relationships, despite the women being in their mid-teens and Moore being in his early 30s.

Of the four women — Leigh Corfman, Wendy Miller, Debbie Wesson Gibson, and Gloria Thacker Deason — Corfman and Miller were just 14 years old when Roy Moore first approached them. Gibson was 17 when she and Moore started dating, and Deason was 18. Moore reportedly drank wine with Deason, even though she was below Alabama’s legal drinking age. These relationships purportedly took place between 1977 and 1982. None of the women said Moore had sex with them.

In 1979, Corfman was with her mother outside of a courthouse, and Moore offered to watch Corfman while her mother appeared for a child custody hearing. Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, told the Post that she thought it was “nice” for Moore to offer to watch her child.

In the days following the initial encounter, Moore, then a 32-year-old assistant district attorney, called Corfman and offered to pick her up outside of her house. He then drove them both thirty minutes away to his house in the woods and kissed her. On their second date, Moore undressed himself and Corfman down to her bra and panties, and proceeded to touch her breasts and vagina over her underwear, while placing her hand over his crotch.

“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” Corfman recalled to the Post‘s Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”

As of this writing, Moore has not commented on the allegations on his campaign’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. However, he did give a Trumpian response in a written statement to prominent hate site Breitbart News.

“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore stated.

The Post‘s reporters stressed that all four women were hesitant to publicly speak out about their history with Moore, that none of them knew each other, and that none of them had either volunteered for or donated to any of Moore’s political opponents, either in the general election or in the Republican primary. The Post also interviewed 30 other sources who say they knew Moore between 1977 and 1982.

A poll released on Wednesday — prior to the allegations becoming public — showed that Moore was ahead of Democratic opponent Doug Jones by 11 points. The election will be held on December 12.

 

Michael Boone is a freelance journalist and columnist writing about politics, government, race, and media. He graduated from Texas Southern University’s School of Communication, and lives in Houston’s Third Ward.

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