Since The Washington Post dropped a bombshell story on November 9 in which four women accused Republican Senate candidate from Alabama Roy Moore of sexual misconduct while they were in their teens, four more women have come forward with their own stories of Moore’s encounters with them, bringing the total to eight accusers.
Moore has denied all of the accusations. With the exception of two women, one who was 18 and one who was 22 at the time, all of the accusers were underage when the misconduct allegedly occurred. The youngest was only 14 years old.
Here are their stories:
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Leigh Corfman was the first woman mentioned in the Washington Post article that broke the story of Moore’s alleged sexual misconduct. She said she was 14 years old when the 32-year-old Moore made unwanted sexual advances toward her.
According to the Post, Corfman first met Moore in a courtroom, where he asked for her number. Later on, Moore picked her up in his car, and drove her to his home where she said he took off her clothes and groped her on her underwear and bra. He also kissed her, and made her touch him over his underwear, she told The Post.
Two of Corfman’s friends recall that she told them she was seeing an older man, and one said that she told her specifically that she was seeing Moore.
Wendy Miller said Moore approached her for the first time when she was also 14. She said she was working at the Gadsden Mall in Alabama when she was 16 and he and started asking her out. Miller’s mother didn’t allow her to go out with Moore, according to the Post.
Debbie Wesson Gibson
Debbie Wesson Gibson told the Post that Moore asked her out after speaking at her high school civics class, and the two went out on a few dates on which they kissed. Gibson was 17 at the time.
Gloria Thacker Deason
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Gloria Thacker Deason was a high school cheerleader when Moore began dating her in 1979, she told the Post, and although she was only 18, she said Moore bought Rosé wine for them to drink. The legal drinking age in Alabama was 19 at the time.
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Gena Richardson said she first encountered Moore around the time of her 18th birthday while working at a Sears in the Gadsen Mall in 1977, where Moore would approach her asking for her phone number.
After she rebuffed him because her father would not have approved of it, she said he called Richardson at her high school, again to ask her out.
She finally agreed to see a movie with him, and said Moore gave her an unwanted “forceful” kiss in his car that scared her.
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Becky Gray was a 22-year-old working at the Gadsden Mall when she says she had her own encounters with Moore in the late 1970s, the Washington Post reported. Gray said Moore was persistent despite her repeated rejections.
“I’d always say no, I’m dating someone, no, I’m in a relationship,” Gray, who is now 62, told the Post. “I remember being creeped out.”
Gray said Moore was well-known among the girls working in her department store at the mall for bothering girls whenever he walked in.
After repeated advances from the Alabama judge that made her feel increasingly uncomfortable, Gray said she spoke to her superiors and got him banned from the mall.
Beverly Young Nelson
In a press conference on November 13, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore attempted to sexually assault her when she was a 16-year-old waitress.
Moore became a regular at the restaurant Nelson worked at, she said, and he insisted on signing her yearbook in 1977. Nelson showed Moore’s note alongside her lawyer Gloria Allred on Monday, but Moore and his lawyer have argued it is a forgery.
After offering to drive her home after work one night, Nelson said Moore instead parked his car next to a dumpster and began groping her. When Nelson tried to escape the vehicle, Moore allegedly locked the doors and tried to force her to give him oral sex.
“I was terrified … I thought he was going to rape me,” Nelson said at the press conference.
She soon added that Moore dissuaded her from coming forward with her story.
“He said, ‘You’re just a child.’ And he said, ‘I am the district attorney of Etowah County, and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you,'” Nelson recalled.
Tina Johnson told AL.com that Moore “grabbed” her buttocks in 1991 while she was in his law office to transfer custody of her son to her mother amid a difficult divorce.
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, she said Moore came up behind her and groped her buttocks.
“He didn’t pinch it; he grabbed it,” Johnson told AL.com.