The Washington Post reported Thursday that a claim has been made that U.S. Senate candidate and former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. See The Post storyThe Post article says Moore was an Etowah County assistant district attorney in 1979, when the alleged encounter is said to have taken place. Leigh Corfman is the woman who told the newspaper Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was a teenager, after having met Moore with her mother outside the Etowah County Courthouse.

Moore is now 70, and Corfman is 53.

The Post reports three other women allege that Moore approached them when they were teenagers and Moore was an adult. In those cases, the women told the newspaper, there was kissing. Of the four women who spoke to The Post, only Corfman claims she had sexual contact with Moore that went beyond kissing, although she told the newspaper they did not have sexual intercourse.

The Moore campaign says the allegations are "garbage" and "the very definition of fake news."

The Moore campaign issued a statement that reads, in part: "Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today’s Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake. National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary."

The allegations come a month before the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama in which Republican Moore faces Democrat Jones.

The Moore campaign also writes: "Judge Roy Moore is winning with a double-digit lead. So it is no surprise, with just over four weeks remaining, in a race for the U.S. Senate with national implications, that the Democratic Party and the country’s most liberal newspaper would come up with a fabrication of this kind."

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said, "these allegations are deeply disturbing. I will hold judgement until we know the facts. The people of Alabama deserve to know the truth and will make their own decisions."

State Auditor Jim Ziegler is quoted in the Washington Examiner as saying, "There is nothing to see here. The allegations are that a man in his early 30s dated teenage girls. Even the Washington Post report says that he never had sexual intercourse with any of the girls and never attempted sexual intercouse."

In a tweet Thursday, The Post writes, "While in Alabama reporting about supporters of Moore’s Senate campaign, a Post reporter heard Moore allegedly had sought relationships with teenage girls. Over three weeks, the Post interviewed four women, all of whom were initially reluctant to speak."While in Alabama reporting about supporters of Moore’s Senate campaign, a Post reporter heard Moore allegedly had sought relationships with teenage girls.Over three weeks, the Post interviewed four women, all of whom were initially reluctant to speak. https://t.co/X5c03FPnXK pic.twitter.com/g0bVtHckG5— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 9, 2017All content © 2017, WALA; Mobile, AL. (A Meredith Corporation Station). All Rights Reserved.

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