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- Two more women have come forward to accuse GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct.
- One woman claims Moore grabbed her buttocks in his law office while she was there to transfer custody of her son to her mother.
- Another woman said Moore gave her an unwanted kiss.
Two additional women have come forward to accuse beleaguered GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct.
One woman alleged that he groped her in his law office, and another said he gave her an unwanted, forceful kiss. Yet another alleged he admitted to her that he frequently dates underage girls.
Tina Johnson of Gadsden, Alabama said that in 1991, Moore groped her while she was in his law office to transfer custody of her 12-year-old son to her mother amid a difficult divorce, AL.com reports. While her mother was sitting next to her in the office, Moore allegedly flirted with Johnson and asked if her young daughters were as pretty as she was, which Johnson said made her uncomfortable. Once Johnson’s mother left the office, Moore came up behind Johnson and grabbed her buttocks.
“He didn’t pinch it; he grabbed it,” Johnson told AL.com.
AL.com was able to verify the 1991 court documents and confirmed that the custody transfer Johnson is referring to indeed took place.
Another woman, Gena Richardson, told The Washington Post that Moore asked her out while she was a high school senior working at Sears, and when she wouldn’t give him her phone number, he called her high school while she was in class. When he asked her out again, she agreed.
They went to the movies that night and afterward, Moore drove her to her car, which was parked in a dark lot at Sears, Richardson said. He then allegedly gave her an unwanted “forceful” kiss that scared her.
“I never wanted to see him again,” Richardson, now 58, told The Post.
Moore was well-known locally for going after teenage girls
Yet another woman from Gadsden, Kelly Harrison Thorp, told AL.com her own story about Moore asking her out when she was a teenager. She said she was working at a local Red Lobster restaurant as a hostess in 1982 when Moore walked in and asked her if he could take her out sometime.
“I just kind of said, ‘Do you know how old I am?'” Thorp, who was 17 at the time, told AL.com. “And he said, ‘Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.'”
Thorp says Moore only left her alone once she told him she had a boyfriend. She also said she knows Leigh Corfman, the woman who accused Moore of engaging in sexual misconduct with her when she was 14-years-old, and said she believes her story.
The two women who spoke to AL.com said they kept their stories hidden for so long because they felt like their testimony wouldn’t make an impact.
“Everybody knew it wouldn’t matter,” Thorp said, “that he would get elected anyway because his supporters are never going to believe anything bad about him.”
“It’s because somebody asked,” Johnson said. “If anybody had asked, we would have told it. No one asked.”
Moore has been accused by five other women who were teenagers at the times of their contact with him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct.