Alabama Republican Roy Moore denied committing sexual misconduct in a new statement Friday afternoon, continuing a furious response to the new accounts of four women who said Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
One of the women told The Washington Post that Moore took her to his home and undressed her when she was 14.
“I have never provided alcohol to minors, and I have never engaged in sexual misconduct,” Moore said in the statement. “As a father of a daughter and a grandfather of five granddaughters, I condemn the actions of any man who engages in sexual misconduct not just against minors but against any woman. I also believe that any person who has been abused should feel the liberty to come forward and seek protection.”
The Post report quoted multiple women saying Moore pursued them, took them out on dates, kissed them and sometimes gave them alcohol. Moore is now the Republican nominee in a Dec. 12 special Senate election.
Moore’s statement is the latest condemnation of the Post’s story by Moore and his campaign since it was published Thursday, prompting top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to call for Moore to end his campaign if the allegations were true.
Earlier on Friday, Moore’s wife, Kayla, emailed supporters asking them to donate money to Moore’s campaign to aid his “fight against the radical left’s most vicious and evil attack dogs.”
“Knowing you’re standing with him in his corner helps lift Roy’s spirits and encourages him to continue slugging it out with everything he’s got against the forces of evil,” Kayla Moore wrote in the campaign email.
Roy Moore, in his statement, said he did not understand why the story was written and that the women said things that “are not true.”
“Why would women say these things if they are not true?” Moore said. “I can’t fully answer that because as much as I have disagreed vehemently on political issues with many people over the years, I cannot understand the mentality of using such a dangerous lie to try to personally destroy someone.”
“As a former Judge and administer of the law, I take the protection of our innocent as one of my most sacred callings,” Moore continued. “False allegations are gravely serious and will have a profound consequence on those who are truly harassed or molested. I strongly urge the Washington Post, and everyone involved, to tell the truth.”
Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in the December special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat.