Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore accused of abusing teenage girls

Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore accused of abusing teenage girls

Corfman told the Post the contact was not desired and wanted it to be over. "She says that it was basically touching and him have her touch him", Aaron Blake, a reporter with The Washington Post said. "We might find that a little creepy today, but this was almost 50 years ago. I disagree with him 100 percent".

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who chairs the Republican senatorial campaign committee, said, "The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling". "I'm not saying I support what he did". Meanwhile, his Democratic opponent Doug Jones in the special election race - who had been trailing by double digits in deep-red Alabama - said that Moore "needs to answer these serious allegations".

Moore was accused on Thursday of sexually touching a 14-year-old girl in 1979.

The four women were interviewed on the record by The Washington Post, alleging a range of incidents while Moore was working as an assistant district attorney in Alabama.

In a subsequent statement, his campaign said if the allegations were true they would have surfaced during his previous campaigns, adding "this garbage is the very definition of fake news", the Independent reported.

"You know, it is amusing too, because Democrats never called on Bill Clinton to step down after he was-you know, after all the stuff that happened with him. But, you can't help thinking about the timing here, Laura". "It's 'He said, she [said],'" Hannity charged.

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The allegations - the latest to emerge in the flood of sexual assault claims following the Harvey Weinstein case - have led to led calls for Moore to stand down from the election. It echoed a line of defense Moore also took in his denial to the Post.

Other Republican state officials used the Bible to defend Moore. "Also take Joseph and Mary".

Coming to Moore's defence, Alabama state Auditor Jim Ziegler cited Jesus' parents - Mary and Joseph - as one example of a man being in a relationship with a teen girl. "Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist", Ziegler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. "There's just nothing immoral or illegal here".

"Let's not forget, these are the exact same people that routinely accuse Mohammed of being a paedophile", German counter terrorism expert Peter R. Neumann tweeted in response to Zeigler's comments. Senior Senate Republicans also spoke out against Moore.

In the primary contest between Luther Strange and Moore in September much of the Republican establishment - including President Donald Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell - backed Strange.

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