On Friday, Sean Hannity hosted Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore on his national radio show, where Hannity grilled him on allegations that he molested a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 and dated multiple teenagers during that period. Moore flatly denied knowing the 14-year-old girl, and suggested that he didn’t remember having dated teenagers at that age.
“These allegations are completely false and misleading,” Moore said. “But more than anything it hurts me personally because you know I’m a father, I have one daughter, I have five granddaughters, and I have a special concern for the protections of young ladies. This is really hard to get on radio and explain this. These allegations are just completely false.”
With regard to Leigh Corfman, Moore denied knowing her. “I don’t know Ms. Corfman from anybody, I never talked to her, I never had any contact with her. Allegations of sexual misconduct with her are completely false, I believe they’re politically motivated. I believe they were brought only to stop a very successful campaign. And that’s what they’re doing. I’ve never known this woman or anything. With regard to the other girls, you understand this is 40 years ago, after my return from the military, I dated a lot of young ladies.”
Moore admitted knowing two of the young women quoted in The Washington Post story. He said he didn’t remember a relationship with one of the women, Debbie Wesson Gibson, but said he knew her parents. “I don’t remember specific dates,” Moore said. “I know her, but I don’t remember going out on dates.”
Moore also flatly denied having provided alcohol to a minor, as alleged by one of the women. “That’d be against the law, against anything I would have ever done, I seem to remember her as a good girl, I had some sort of knowledge of her parents, her mother in particular,” Moore stated.
Hannity asked if Moore dated a woman as young as 17. “Not generally, no…I don’t remember anything like that. ... I don’t remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother, and in her statement, she said her mother actually encouraged her to go out with me.”
Hannity then returned to the Corfman allegations. “Those are specific charges she’s making,” Hannity said. “And obviously it’s about a month away from this election campaign. Is it your position that none of that ever happened?” Moore replied, “It never happened, and I don’t even like hearing it because it never happened, and they’re doing this a month away, four weeks, after 40 years in public service. I’ve run five statewide campaigns … this has never been brought up, it’s never been even mentioned, and all of a sudden four weeks out, they’re bringing it up.” He called the allegations “a direct attack on this campaign … I would have never have any contact [with the 14-year-old]. … In fact, her allegations contradict the whole behavior pattern that two of the young ladies even witnessed theirself.” Moore continued, “These two young girls said their mothers even encouraged them to be friends with me. And, you know, that’s what they said. I wasn’t privy to their conversations, but obviously, we never had any sexual activity, there was never anything like that.”