Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Alabama GOP US Senate Candidate Accused of Groping Teen Decades Ago

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to reporters on Nov. 7 2017 in Montgomery Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to reporters on Nov. 7 2017 in Montgomery
Lillian Steele | 10 November, 2017, 01:25

While many GOP members have yet to make official statements, those that have are voicing their discomfort with Moore running as the Republican candidate in the upcoming Alabama senatorial race, and calling on him to step down if the allegations are true.

The allegations rocked Senate Republicans, some of whom called on Moore remove himself from the campaign.

Unusual told BuzzFeed News reporter Emma Loop that he had "just seen" the report Thursday afternoon, and will soon make a longer statement on the allegations.

Leigh Corfman, now 53, said she met Moore outside an Alabama courthouse in 1979.

Three other women also told the newspaper they too were subjected to unwanted advances from Moore when they were teens. Bombastic and defiant, underfunded, prone to controversial statements (including about Vladimir Putin), and railing against Washington elites, Moore was controversial even before the recent accusations.

"I wanted it over with - I wanted out", she told the Post.

Backed by Breitbart News's chairman (and former presidential adviser) Steve Bannon, Moore won the Republican primary to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Tom Price.

"If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election", said Sen.

"Roy Moore will be imperative to passing a conservative agenda, and we support him keeping this seat in Republican hands", Gardner said in a statement tweeted out by reporters after Moore had been declared the victor in a hard-fought primary.

Roy Moore, a Republican firebrand, said claims that he preyed on a teenager while he was a 32-year-old prosecutor were "completely false". "In 1984, Chief Justice Moore undertook private practice of law in Gadsden, Alabama", according to the bio.

Corfman said Moore asked the girl for her phone number while her mother was gone, and then later called her to set up a meeting. He has been twice removed as chief justice of the state supreme court, first for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the grounds of his courthouse and more recently for refusing to implement the U.S. supreme court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

Moore blasted the charges as a 'desperate political attack'. The women were between the ages of 16 and 18 at the time.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell added, "If these allegations are true, he must step aside". They did not have sexual intercourse, the Post said. "On a second visit, she said, he took off her shirt and trousers and removed his clothes", and then, Corfman said, Moore touched her and had her touch him.

"I wanted it over with - I wanted out", Corfman told the Washington Post, saying she asked Moore to take her home, and he did. "I don't recuse for every criminal that comes up, and I'm not comparing criminality with this conduct, but if somebody that commits a murder comes up before my court, I'm not going to recuse them, because that's against what I believe, and it's also against the law" - Moore in a 1990s court opinion, as CNN reported.

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