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Woman claims Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter with her; she was 14

10 November 2017

Mitch McConnell said Thursday afternoon Moore should step aside in the election if the allegations in the Post's article are true.

During the first encounter, Corfman says, Moore met her and her mother on a bench outside of a courtroom in Etowah County, Alabama, and offered to watch the 14-year-old while her mother went in for a child custody hearing.

According to the Post, Leigh Corfman, 53, said Moore approached her and struck up a relationship that soon turned sexual in 1979, when he was an assistant district attorney.

The Washington Post has published a story containing accusations of inappropriate sexual advances from Roy Moore against a 14-year-old girl.

"These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign", Moore said in a statement.

Why it matters: Moore is yet another example of the many men in power allegedly abusing women, and an Alabama elections spokesperson told Wash Post's Aaron Blake that it's "too late" to remove Moore from the ballot.

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Moore is the Republican nominee for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat vacated by current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He won the Republican nomination in September besting appointed incumbent Luther Strange by a margin of 55%-45% despite Strange's support from Donald Trump and the entire machinery of the Republican party.

Said Gardner in a statement: "The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling".

Mr. Moore's candidacy had already anxious party leaders who had embraced the controversial former state Supreme Court justice despite his long record of incendiary comments about gays, Muslims and African-Americans, to protect the Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "There's nothing wrong with a 30-year-old single male asking a 19-year-old, a 17-year-old, or a 16-year-old out on a date".

"The Judge has been a candidate in four hotly-contested statewide political contests, twice as a gubernatorial candidate and twice as a candidate for chief justice". He adds, "If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election".

On a second visit, Moore is alleged to have removed his clothes, touched the teen over her bra and underwear, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.

In the coming days, Mr Moore allegedly picked up Ms Corfman around the corner from her home, and drove her to his house in the woods where he sexually assaulted her, the newspaper claims.

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The election is December 12.

"I wanted it over with - I wanted out", she told the Post. "Even the Washington Post report says that he never had sexual intercourse with any of the girls".

Despite the campaign's clear denial of the allegations, several politicians have come forward calling for Moore to step down.

Pollak said, "We can all agree that anybody who commits sexual misconduct in the workplace has no business running for public office".

Some of what Moore is accused of would have been illegal under Alabama law.

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Woman claims Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter with her; she was 14