Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore denied on Friday recent allegations that he pursued sexual relationships with multiple teenage girls, including a 14-year-old girl who said he sexually assaulted her while he was in his 30s.
Appearing on Sean Hannity’s radio show, Moore called the allegations “completely false and misleading,” adding that as a father and grandfather to girls, he has “a special concern for the protection of young ladies.”
Moore said that “as a father of a daughter and a grandfather of five granddaughters,” he condemns the actions of any man who would engage “in sexual misconduct not just against minors but against any woman.”
Hannity pressed Moore about allegations he pursued relationships with 18-, 17- and 16-year-old girls while in his 30s, which he replied saying “not generally, no,” adding that it would be out of his “customary behavior.”
“I don’t remember that, and I don’t remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother,” Moore said.
However, Moore said he did remember two of the women who came forward: Debbie Wesson Gibson, who was 17 at the time, according to her account, and Gloria Thacker Deason, who said she was 18 during her alleged relationship with Moore.
Moore said he doesn’t remember if he had an ongoing relationship with either Gibson or Deason and doesn’t recall “specific dates.”
“This was 40 years ago, and after my return from the military, I dated a lot of young ladies,” he said.
Following The Washington Post’s bombshell report, Moore stands accused of driving a 14-year-old girl to his house in the woods over 30 years ago and sexually abusing her before being asked to stop.
Following the allegations, multiple leaders in the Republican Party have called for Moore to drop out of the Senate race.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement that Moore should “immediately step aside,” calling the allegations “deeply disturbing and disqualifying.”