Religious homophobe Roy Moore is best known for being the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice who got fired for ordering his state’s probate judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses after it was nationally legalized. (He also thinks that homosexuality should be criminalized, compared to beastiality and that gay people make unfit parents.) But now the judge-turned-Republican senatorial candidate is becoming well known for something else: allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl and possibly pursuing three other women when they were just 16 and 18-years-old. The Roy Moore molestation allegations could well derail his controversial senate campaign.
The Roy Moore molestation allegations come from four different women
The alleged sexual misconduct happened nearly four decades ago, according to The Washington Post. A 38-year-old woman named Leigh Corfman has accused Moore of befriending her mother in 1979 and then taking Corfman to his home, giving her alcohol, kissing her, stripping down, touching her over her bra and panties and then guiding her hand to touch him over his underwear. She was 14-years-old at the time.
In addition to Corfman, The Washington Post interviewed three other women who say “Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18,” when Moore was in his early 30s, though none of the pursuits involved any sexual contact beyond kissing:
Wendy Miller says she was 14 and working as a Santa’s helper at the Gadsden Mall when Moore first approached her, and 16 when he asked her on dates, which her mother forbade. Debbie Wesson Gibson says she was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class and asked her out on the first of several dates that did not progress beyond kissing. Gloria Thacker Deason says she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore began taking her on dates that included bottles of Mateus Rosé wine. The legal drinking age in Alabama was 19.
Moore worked as a prosecutor with the Alabama attorney general’s office at the time and is now running for a national Senate seat as a Republican.
Republicans respond to the Roy Moore molestation allegations
Moore has responded to the allegations by saying, “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and The Washington Post on this campaign.”
Corfman is a registered Republican.
If the allegations turn out to be true, high-ranking Republicans have said that Moore should abandon his current campaign to win an U.S. Senate seat. He faces off against Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the November 2018 elections and has reportedly refused to publicly debate him.
When journalists have asked other U.S. Congressional Republicans about Moore’s anti-LGBTQ and Islamophobic statements, they have feigned ignorance.
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