An Alabama candidate for the US Senate is strongly denying allegations that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl.
On the same day news surfaced of sexual assault allegations against Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, CNN released a report after reviewing old court documents that show Moore ruled in the 1990s as a circuit judge that a woman in a divorce case who had a lesbian affair could not see her children unsupervised.
"This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation", his campaign added in the same statement.
According to the Post, Moore, then an assistant district attorney in Etowah County, Alabama, met Corfman and her mother as they sat on a bench outside a courtroom. All of the others are of legal relationships with women who were of age at a time when Roy Moore was single. None of those women said Moore forced them into relationships or sexual contact.
"He said, 'Oh, you don't want her to go in there and hear all that".
While Alabama law prohibits the withdrawal of a candidate within 76 days of an election, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has reportedly spoken to Senator Luther Strange, Moore's primary opponent, about running as a write-in candidate in next month's special election.
Roy Moore won a September primary election against a mainstream Republican who was backed by US President Donald Trump.
In his almost three decades of public service, Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has styled himself as one of the most religiously righteous politicians of the modern era.
"Judge Roy Moore is winning with a double-digit lead".
The statement also notes that Moore has been married to the same woman for 33 years and has four children and five grandchildren. A special election will be held on December 12. At that point, Corfman told the Post, she asked Moore to take her home, which he did. The age of consent in Alabama is 16. In fact, just two days ago, the Foundation for Moral Law sent a retraction demand to the Post for the false stories they wrote about the Judge's work and compensation.
The Post reported that Moore took Leigh Corfman to his house in 1979, stripped down to his underwear and made her touch his genitals.
Despite the campaign's clear denial of the allegations, several politicians have come forward calling for Moore to step down.
In Washington at least, few Republicans came to Moore's defence in the hours after the report was published. "At a subsequent meeting, also at his home, he touched her over her bra and underwear, then removed his clothes and had her touch him over his 'tight white" underwear, according to the account in the Post.
Moore became a national figure in the early 2000s when he lost his position as Alabama Chief Justice after refusing a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from outside the courthouse.