Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says he plans to sue the Washington Post over their report alleging he was involved with sexual relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30s working as an assistant prosecutor. One of the allegations includes a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when Moore was 32.
During a campaign event Sunday night in Huntsville, Alabama, Moore addressed the reported allegations during a speech, saying it was an attack on his campaign.
“The Washington Post published another attack on my character and reputation because they are desperate to stop my political campaign. These attacks said I was with a minor child and are false and untrue -- and for which they will be sued," Moore said.
Since The Washington Post reported the allegations against him, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Moore “should step aside” after the allegations of him having sexual contact with a 14-year-old. "I believe the women, yes," McConnell said to reporters on Monday in Kentucky.
During an interview on “Meet The Press, Republican Senator Pat Toomey has also suggested Moore should step down.
“You know, this is a terrible situation, nearly 40-year-old allegation, we'll probably never know for sure exactly what happened," Toomey said. "But from my point of view, you know, I have to say, I think the accusations have more credibility than the denial. I think it would be best if Roy would just step aside, he added.”
Since the allegations were reported, several women including Katie Couric, Sarah Silverman and Alyssa Milano are responding to Moore’s allegations by posting photos of themselves as teenagers to show the world what it looks like to be 14 and are using the hashtag #MeAt14 on Twitter.
Women respond to Roy Moore allegations with "MeAt14" hashtag
Leigh Corfman was 14-years-old when she said she met Moore. Corfman and her mother were in court for a custody hearing when Roy Moore introduced himself. According to Corfman, Moore started a conversation with them and offered to watch Corfman while her mother went inside for the hearing.
According to Corfman, Moore, 32, asked Corfman for her phone number. A few days later, Moore picked her up near her house and drove her to his house and told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On another visit, Corfman says he took off her shirt and touched her through her underclothes while guiding her hands to touch him through his.
Moore told Sean Hannity on his radio show that he did know Corfman but denies there was any sexual misconduct with her or any other woman.
During a Veterans Day event on Saturday, Moore called all the allegations “fake news,” according to CNN. He added by saying there are ongoing “investigations” to uncover the motives of The Washington Post and the truth will come out in the next few days.