MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore on Friday strongly denied allegations that he had pursued relationships with teenagers, a day after a report that he had initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.
“I have never provided alcohol to minors, and I have never engaged in sexual misconduct,” the former Alabama chief justice said in a statement released by his campaign Friday. “As a father of a daughter and a grandfather of five granddaughters, I condemn the actions of any man who engages in sexual misconduct not just against minors but against any woman.”
The women, who spoke with the Washington Post, and their families said they stand by the allegations.
According to the Post, Moore, who served as an assistant district attorney in Gadsden from 1977 to 1982, pursued relationships with four teenagers age 18 or younger. One woman, Leigh Corfman, told the Post that as a 14-year-old, Moore took her to his home, undressed her and passed her hand over his underwear. Another woman said Moore bought her wine while she was underaged.
Corfman told WBRC in Birmingham that she stands by her story.
“The article is very detailed,” the station quoted her as saying. “Anyone with questions should please re-read it. And I want to say thank you to my friends and others who have supported me and my story.”
Moore, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, faces Democratic nominee Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 general election.