- Two new women said they received romantic overtures from Roy Moore when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday evening.
- The report echoed previous accounts that Moore was a fixture at a local mall in Gadsden, Alabama, and frequently wandered from store to store approaching high-school girls.
- One woman, Gena Richardson, said Moore first approached her while she worked at Sears and, days later, called her while she was in her high-school trigonometry class to ask her out on a date.
- Days later, Richardson told The Post, she agreed, and Moore took her to a movie. She said he forcibly kissed her afterward.
- Richardson said after the encounter she would hide from Moore whenever he returned to her store.
Two new women say they received romantic overtures from Roy Moore when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. The women, Gena Richardson and Becky Gray, said in a Washington Post report published Wednesday night that Moore frequented the Gadsden Mall in Gadsden, Alabama, during the 1970s and ’80s and often approached teenage girls.
The report echoed previous accounts that Moore, the Republican nominee for US Senate in Alabama, was a fixture at the mall who wandered from store to store approaching high-school girls.
At one point, the then-30-year-old attorney began focusing his attention on Richardson, The Post reported. Richardson recalled Moore asking for her phone number while she worked at Sears in late 1977, around the time of her 18th birthday. Richardson said she initially declined Moore’s request.
“No, my dad is so strict,” Richardson recalled saying, adding that she told Moore her father was a Southern Baptist minister and wouldn’t have approved of her being romantically involved with someone nearly twice her age. Richardson said that Moore asked which school she attended and that, days later, she was pulled out of her high-school trigonometry class to receive a phone call in the school’s office, with Moore on the other line.
Richardson recalled the exchange to The Post: “He said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m in trig class.'” She said that Moore again asked her out and that she eventually agreed to go to a movie. She said Moore drove her back to her car after the movie and gave her a “forceful” kiss before she scrambled out of his car.
“I never wanted to see him again,” Richardson told The Post, saying she would hide whenever he walked into her store.
The report follows a growing theme surrounding Moore, who is now running for the Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions became attorney general; in a Washington Post report published last week, Moore was accused of pursuing sexual encounters with several teen girls, one of whom said she was 14. Moore in the past week has offered mixed explanations for the charges – at points denying he knew the women or reasoning that he did not “generally” date teens as an adult.
Moore’s lawyer fired back at Gloria Allred, the attorney for one of Moore’s accusers, on Wednesday. Moore has remained defiant to calls urging him to drop out of the Senate race before the December 12 election, despite many top Republican figures and organizations publicly cutting ties with him.