Roy Moore says he will file lawsuit against The Washington Post
Senate candidate Roy Moore said in a speech Sunday night that he intended to file a lawsuit against The Washington Post regarding the story it published Thursday in which he was accused of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl.
Moore spoke at Huntsville Christian Academy in an event closed to the media.
A video of Moore’s speech was posted on his campaign Facebook page.
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Moore again vehemently denied the allegations in The Post story, which interviewed four women who described romantic or sexual encounters with Moore when they were teens and the Republican nominee was in his 30s.
Moore brought up the allegations near the end of a 40-minute speech.
"About three days ago, The Washington Post published another attack on my character and reputation in a desperate attempt to stop my political campaign," he said. "These attacks about a minor child are completely false and untrue. And for which they will be sued."
Moore then received an ovation from the crowd – one of many that occurred during the speech. At the end, Moore received a standing ovation.
The Senate election against Democrat Doug Jones is Dec. 12.
Moore also adamantly said that he had no intention of dropping out of the race nor of being forced to leave the race.
"We do not intend to let the Democrats, we do not intend to let the established Republicans, we do not intend to let anybody deter us from finishing this race," Moore said. "We fully expect the people of Alabama to see through this charade. And we will continue our efforts."
Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations raised in The Post story. According to The Post, Moore met with a 14-year-old girl and took her to a remote place, removed her clothes, touched her over her bra and underpants and guided her hand to touch him over his underpants.
The girl, Leigh Corfman, told The Post that Moore introduced himself to her and her mother at the courthouse in Etowah County. Moore was an assistant district attorney at the time.
Three other women said they had romantic encounters with Moore while they were in their teens but the physical relationship never progressed beyond kissing.
Moore said in a Friday interview with Fox News personality Sean Hannity that he was conducted his own investigation into The Post allegations and briefly alluded to that investigation in his Sunday speech.
"We’ve still got the investigation going on," he said. "We’re still finding out a lot that we didn’t know."
Moore has given no indication when he might release the findings of that investigation.
Moore also told the audience that he has a daughter and that he and his wife, Kayla, will celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary two days after the election.
"I have the highest regard for the protection of young ladies," Moore said.
Democrats and the Republican establishment are behind the "attacks" by The Post, said Moore, who also referred to stories the newspaper has written raising questions about the financial activities of Moore’s Foundation for Moral Law.
He said the stories about the foundation "kind of failed for them."
"Why have they come now?" Moore said of the sexual misconduct allegations. "Because there are groups that don’t want me in the United States Senate. The Democratic Party – they don’t want to see me in the United States Senate. There’s the Republican establishment, which has spent over $30 million to keep me out of the Senate (in backing former opponent Luther Strange).
"Working together, they realized that my opponent is 11 points behind. They’re desperate."
Polling before the allegations indicated Moore led from 6 to 11 points. Since the allegations, polls have shown that the race has tightened and one poll put Jones ahead by 4 points.
"This article is a prime example of fake news, designed to divert attention from the true issues facing our country like health care, military readiness, immigration and raising the national debt," Moore said.
Updated today, Nov. 12, 2017, at 10:41 p.m. with new information throughout.
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November 12, 2017 at 08:29PM