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Alabama Republican Roy Moore is vehemently denying a Washington Post report alleging decades-old sexual misconduct with minors.
In a statement released Friday, Moore says he never provided alcohol to minors and “never engaged in sexual misconduct.”
The Senate candidate says: “As a father of a daughter and a grandfather of five granddaughters, I condemn the actions of any man who engages in sexual misconduct not just against minors but against any woman.”
He says he is strongly urging the Post, which published the report based on on-the-record statements, to “tell the truth.”
On Thursday, the paper published a story detailing allegations from an Alabama woman who said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14.
The woman, Leigh Corfman, says Moore met her several times when he was a local prosecutor in his 30s and at one point drove her to his home, where he touched her over her underwear and guided her hand to touch him over his, the Post reported. They did not have sexual intercourse, the report said.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she recalled of the encounter. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
Aside from Corfman, three other women interviewed by the Post in recent weeks said Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was 32. None of the other women said that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.
Washington Republicans have called for Moore to step aside if the allegations are true.
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