Alabama Republican Roy Moore continues to deny allegations that he sexually molested a 14-year-old girl, but admitted Friday that he dated “a lot of young ladies” after returning from the military.
In a radio interview with Sean Hannity, Moore, a former prosecutor and judge, said he had dated several young women who he didn’t remember, but called the specific accusations against him “completely false and misleading.”
The allegations are tied to a report from the Washington Post featuring four women who say they had sexual encounters with Moore when they were teenagers. One woman, Leigh Corfman, said Moore took her to his house, removed her clothes, and groped her when she was just 14. The other women say they were 16, 17, and 18 when they met Moore, who was in his 30s.
Moore denied knowing Corfman entirely, but admitted he knew the others. In Alabama, the age of consent at the time was 16. Instead, he assured Hannity: “I don’t remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother.”
Moore is the GOP Senate nominee in Alabama’s special election, which has sent Republican lawmakers reeling. Some have called for him to drop out outright, while others, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee say he should bow out “if these allegations are found to be true.”
Moore appears to be doubling down, however. On Thursday, he sent out an email to supporters asking for emergency donations to his campaign in the wake of the allegations.