Roy Moore, a GOP favorite in the Alabama Senate race that will be decided next month, is in troubled waters after the Washington Post revealed Thursday that he has been accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 1979.
“If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election,” Cory Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement released shortly after the report.
Leigh Corfman, now 53 years old, says she first met Moore when he offered to watch her during her mom’s child custody hearing. According to The Hill, Moore at the time was serving as an assistant district attorney.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,'” Nancy Wells, Corfman’s mother, recalled to the Washington Post. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
Once Moore and Corfman were alone, the older man asked for her phone number. The two would later meet on two different occasions — on the first meeting, they kissed; on the second, things escalated, in her account. Corfman recalled to the outlet that Moore removed his clothes and proceeded to take off her shirt and pants, and touched her over her bra and underwear.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she told the Post of that day. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
Corfman said the two never had sexual intercourse.
But this wasn’t the only incident the Washington, DC, publication uncovered involving Moore — three other women also came forward detailing their own accounts of Moore kissing them and offering them alcohol when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.
Moore has called the allegations “completely false.”
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democratic Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” the 70-year-old Moore said in a statement obtained by The Hill.
Moore’s campaign later released a separate statement calling the article “yet another baseless political attack by the Washington Post.”
”National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary,” the press release added.
Despite the campaign’s clear denial of the allegations, several politicians have come forward calling for Moore to step down.
”The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying,” US Senator John McCain said Thursday. “He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.”
Moore, campaigning against Democrat Doug Jones, is running to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions, who became attorney general of the United States in February.