Ultra right-wing Christian GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore is accused of having sexually abused four underage girls, the youngest of whom was 14 at the time. .
Leigh Corfman says she was 14 (around the age she was in this family photo, below) when a 32 year old Moore removed her clothes and groped her, and moved her hand to touch his genitals.
“I wanted out,” she says.
Three additional women told the Washington Post that Moore pursued them when he was in his early 30s and they were between 16 and 18 “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore, who is 70, said.
Moore campaign issues a statement on WaPo story "This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation.” pic.twitter.com/hMlacQi2H6— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) November 9, 2017
Sen. Jeff Flake says if allegations against Roy Moore prove true, he should withdraw from the race. @bethreinhard— Kristina L. Peterson (@kristinapet) November 9, 2017
Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski in the Post's Roy Moore bombshell story: "I'm horrified and if this is true he needs to step down immediately."— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) November 9, 2017
One of Corfman’s friends verified that she had said when she was 14 that she had been seeing Roy Moore https://t.co/3aMJq2mskc— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) November 9, 2017
Alabama elections division spox tells me it's "too late" to replace Moore on the ballot. Ballots already being printed; absentees already sent out.— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) November 9, 2017
Alabama law prohibits withdrawal of candidate from election within 76 days of the election (Ala. Code 17-6-21(c); accord 17-13-23): https://t.co/kVk6xbWzCe— Derek T. Muller (@derektmuller) November 9, 2017
Breitbart: Maybe Roy Moore dated kids but if he did he was romantic and read them poetry pic.twitter.com/yVYDCFc6Gp— Will Rahn (@willrahn) November 9, 2017
If Moore were to lose this special, Senate majority is suddenly in-reach for Demshttps://t.co/5nFkQKPUl7— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) November 9, 2017
It says a lot about our day & age that the Post felt it needed to clarify that Roy Moore’s accusers vote Republican and never donated to Dems. pic.twitter.com/Eads7MUCWJ— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) November 9, 2017
The WashPost story itself is shocking. But don't overlook the revealing exercise in damage control here. Upon hearing the whistling bombshell, Roy Moore camp went to Breitbart to publish first & muddy the waters. Result? A more sympathetic— Charlie Mahtesian (@PoliticoCharlie) November 9, 2017
account, flavored w/Bezos/Soros innuendo pic.twitter.com/77lqNis2x6
Washington Post with on-the-record child molestation accusation against Roy Moore, support by three additional account of inappropriate conduct with minors and 30 other sources. https://t.co/mmzwC8CN7L— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) November 9, 2017
As of today, before this story broke, only one Republican senator, Flake, has explicitly said he opposes Moore.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 9, 2017
Before everyone says "oh now Moore will never win" let's remember all the women who came forward and accused Trump of sexual harassment/assault before his election day... https://t.co/wClNkwBCZT— Elizabeth McLaughlin (@Elizabeth_McLau) November 9, 2017
It is a very, very big deal that this story has so many women willing to speak publicly about this and to use their names. It is very difficult for survivors to do and very difficult for reporters to get. There's a reason there are three bylines. https://t.co/wQGWrDN50e— Olivia Messer 💀 (@OliviaMesser) November 9, 2017
Alabama political columnist -> "Heard rumors about this for years." https://t.co/AeCnN5cKCk— Ben Wallace-Wells (@benwallacewells) November 9, 2017
Keep in mind: ***Just last night*** Governor Kay Ivey said she would vote for but not endorse Roy Moore.— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) November 9, 2017
Something to consider as people put their names on the record along with allegations of sexual abuse or other misconduct: It often inspires more victims to come forward https://t.co/Hyb4h5YqLs pic.twitter.com/KFM1BR1PPn— Mark Berman (@markberman) November 9, 2017
Breitbart's official position is: pedophiles are fine as long as they're racist enough. https://t.co/9q0GtkyA7i— Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) November 9, 2017
Numerous right-wing media figures, including Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Steve Bannon, Mike Huckabee, and CNN contributors (https://t.co/tYYf5wKcLQ) Ken Cuccinelli and Ed Martin (@eagleedmartin) have endorsed Roy Moore. pic.twitter.com/2hr0HaESmV— Eric Hananoki (@ehananoki) November 9, 2017
r/The_Donald weighs in on Roy Moore, and it's two million sandwiches short of a picnic. pic.twitter.com/RfVgzPvltT— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 9, 2017
Reminder: GOP Nominee Donald Trump bragged about being to grab women by the genitals. On tape.— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) November 9, 2017
He won Alabama anyway. Easily.
In a 2010 speech, Roy Moore attacked "activist judges" for letting sex offenders go.https://t.co/lN4XQFN7kB— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) November 9, 2017
Imagine being a Breitbart reporter and not knowing any details about the allegations or how much reporting the Post did, deciding to knee jerk defend someone accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14 year old https://t.co/JZELeqYTWF— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) November 9, 2017