Two more women have come forward to accuse Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault, including one woman who said he forcefully kissed her after a date.
The women, Gena Richardson and Becky Gray, are the seventh and eighth to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct or impropriety, which he has consistently denied and sought to frame the allegation as politically motivated and orchestrated by the Democratic Party.
Still, more than two dozen senators, including a number of senior Republicans, have called for Moore to resign ahead of the state election on December 12. That, in turn, has raised the pressure on Donald Trump to weigh in on the issue.
His daughter Ivanka has, however, made her position clear: “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children. I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”
With just four weeks until the election and polls showing Moore 12 points behind Democrat candidate Doug Jones, eight women have made accusations against Moore, ranging from sexual assault to disturbing behavior.
Corfman said Moore first approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County with her mother when she was 14. Days later, he allegedly picked her up for a date which ended with Moore, then 32, kissing her.
Corfman said a second date at Moore’s home in the woods ended with Moore taking off his and Corfman’s clothes, touching her over her bra and underwear, and guiding her hand to touch him over his underwear.
Moore, however, said he had “never known” Corfman and “never had any contact with her.”
Debbie Wesson Gibson
Gibson said she was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class, after which he asked her out. That resulted in the first of several dates, which Gibson told the Washington Post “did not progress beyond kissing.”
Miller was also 14 and working as a Santa’s helper at the Gadsden Mall when she said Moore first approached her. Two years later, when she was 16, Moore allegedly asked her out on dates, but she refused because her mother forbade it.
Gloria Thacker Deason
Moore allegedly began taking the 18-year-old cheerleader on dates that she said included bottles of Mateus Rosé wine despite Alabama’s legal drinking age of 19. Deason said the two dated on and off for “several months,” which allegedly included several visits to Moore’s home, although Deason said their physical relationship never got further than kissing and hugging.
Moore acknowledged knowing both Deason and Miller and said he remembered one of them “as a good girl.” Regarding Deason’s claim of ordering alcohol for her when she was a minor, Moore said: “As I recall, she was 19 or older.”
Beverly Young Nelson
Nelson said she first met Moore when she was 15 and working at a restaurant in Gadsden, Alabama, that he frequented as a district attorney. Then, when she was 16, Nelson said Moore assaulted her. Although Nelson said she fought Moore off and he eventually gave up, he allegedly warned her: “You’re just a child, I’m the district attorney. If you tell anyone about this no one will ever believe you
Moore also rejected Nelson’s accusations as “absolutely false” and added, “I don’t even know the woman.”
Richardson said Moore propositioned her just before or after her 18th birthday, while she was working in the men’s department of Sears at the Gadsden Mall. After declining multiple requests for a date, Richardson said Moore called her while she was in school. Richardson said she finally relented and went on a date to a movie with Moore, after which he allegedly drove her to a dark car park and forcefully kissed her as she was about to leave.
When she was 22, Gray also worked at the Gadsden Mall in the men’s department of Pizitz. She said Moore’s persistence in asking her out made her uncomfortable because he lingered in her section or by the bathroom area. She became so disturbed she complained to management about Moore.
Johnson said Moore groped her after a meeting with him in 1991 to review a custody petition involving her son and mother. Johnson was 28 at the time and said Moore grabbed her butt.
“He didn’t pinch it; he grabbed it,” Johnson told AL.com.