(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore on Saturday again adamantly denied sexual misconduct allegations and promised that “revelations about the motivations” behind the news report of his alleged behavior will come out in a few days.
Meanwhile, Democratic opponent Doug Jones said Moore needs “to answer to the people of Alabama” about the “very serious allegations.”
And the lawyer for a woman who said Moore dated her when she was 18 and he was in his 30s and supplied her with alcohol before she was of legal drinking age responded later Saturday to the candidate’s comments. Paula Cobia, lawyer for Gloria Deason, blasted Moore for making what she called “defamatory statements” about four “brave women.”
“He knows full well why these women did not tell what he did to them before this week,” Cobia wrote in a statement posted on Facebook on Saturday. “As young teenage girls in the late 1970s in a small, rural southern town, they had no way of knowing their rights, especially against him considering that he was a district attorney at the time.”
Cobia was reacting to Moore’s speech at a Veterans Day event in the Birmingham area, where he questioned why allegations about his behavior 40 years ago are coming out at this time. The Republican former judge slammed the claims as politically motivated “fake news.”
“Why now?” Moore said. “For 40 years, I have been closely scrutinized in the press and the public media.”
The answer, he suggested, is that “Democrats and the Republican establishment know the importance of this election. In fact, most people in America know the importance of this election. They see it as a prelude of the elections coming in 2018. It may very well determine the future of our country.”
Moore, who is running to fill the Alabama seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became attorney general, faces allegations first reported by the Washington Post that he engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old when he was 32 and pursued other girls between ages 16 and 18 when he was in his 30s.
He said Saturday that “revelations” will be coming out on the motivations behind the article.
“In the next few days, there will be revelations about the motivations and the content of this article,” Moore said. “They will be brought to the public. We fully expect the people of Alabama to see through this charade.”
The Senate candidate received a standing ovation from the crowd.
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