Leigh Corfman and 3 other women claim that Roy Moore, a Republican in the special election in Alabama, came onto them as teenagers. The story was broke by the Washington Post this afternoon. In it, Corfman claims that Moore approached her in Etowah County, Alabama while she was sitting on a bench with her mother in 1979.
During the exchange with her mother, Corfman claims that Moore offered to watch young 14-year-old Corfman while the mother went inside a courthouse for a child custody hearing.
While he watched the young Corfman, he allegedly got her phone number. Days later, he allegedly picked her up and molested her.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she told WashPo. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
The Washington Post adds, “three other women interviewed by The Washington Post in recent weeks say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.” The other women are named as Debbie Wesson Gibson, Wendy Miller, Gloria Thacker Deason.
Will Moore drop out?
Moore has released the following statement:
The December 12 special Senate election in Alabama is being held to replace Jeff Sessions, now attorney general. Moore defeated Senator Luther Strange, championed by Donald Trump, in the September Republican primary to advance to the December election. In December, Moore faces Doug Jones, who won the Democratic primary.
Moore is no stranger to controversy and has been removed from office before. He has been twice elected to and twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court. He was removed from office for the first time in 2003 when he refused to remove the Ten Commandments from government property. He is also the founder and president of the Foundation for Moral Law.
However, other senators have chimed in. Lisa Murkowski, Republican Senator from Alaska, said:
JUST NOW: @lisamurkowski on WaPo Report on Roy Moore: “I’m horrified and if it’s true he should step down immediately.”
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 9, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also said Moore should step down if the allegations are true.