It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of all the women who’ve accused Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct.
As of this writing, there are nine accusers. Almost all of them allege the former state judge sought intimate encounters with them when they were in their teens and he was in his early- to mid-30s.
Some of the women have accused Moore of simply off-putting and even creepy behavior, but nothing criminal. Two have accused him of providing them with alcohol when they were below the legal drinking age. Others have accused him of far worse, including sexual assault.
Moore, for his part, has denied accusations that he sexually assaulted minors or provided them with booze. As for the other non-criminal allegations, however, the GOP candidate has hemmed and hawed a bit, as his responses have evolved somewhat since these stories first startled trickling out.
Given that the number of accusers is fast approaching double digits, we thought it’d be useful to compile an up-to-date list of the allegations brought against Moore.
We hate to say it, but this list will likely be updated with a few additions before the Alabama Senate race is over.
Leigh Corfman: Claims Moore provided her with alcohol and sexually assaulted her when she was 14 years old.
She claimed a 32-year-old Moore picked her up near her house in Gadsden, Ala., and drove her to a remote location in the woods, where he told her “how pretty she was and kissed her,” according to the Washington Post.
“On a second visit, she said, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear,” the report added.
Wendy Miller: Claims Moore asked her out on a date when she was 16 years old and he was 32. Her mother said no.
Debbie Wesson Gibson: Claims she dated Moore for roughly three months in 1981 when she was 17 years old.
Gibson said he would read her poetry and serenade her with his guitar. She said he kissed her twice during the time they dated. He was 34 at the time.
Gloria Thacker Deason: Claims she dated Moore on-and-off again when she was 18 and he was 32 after an initial meeting at the Gadsden Mall in 1979.
Deason said their physical relationship never went further than kissing and hugging. Like Corfman, Deason also said Moore gave her alcohol on dates, even though she was below the legal drinking age.
Beverly Young Nelson: Claims Moore sexually assaulted her in 1977 when she was 16 years old.
Nelson worked as a waitress at a diner Moore frequented. She said Moore once offered to give her a ride home after her shift ended. Instead, she added, he parked his truck in the back of the diner and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him.
“I tried to open my car door to leave, but he reached over and he locked it so I could not get out,” Nelson said in a statement published this week. “I tried fighting him off while yelling at him to stop. But instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my head onto his crotch. I continued to struggle.”
“I was determined that I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified, he was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was going to rape me. I was twisting and struggling and I was begging him to stop. I had tears running down my face,” she added.
Moore was 30 years old at the time.
Tina Johnson: Claims Moore groped her in his office in 1991 when she was 28 years old.
"He kept commenting on my looks, telling me how pretty I was, how nice I looked," Johnson told the Birmingham News. "He was saying that my eyes were beautiful."
"I was thinking, can we hurry up and get out of here?" she added
Johnson said Moore repeatedly flirted with her and complimented her on her looks, saying things like he wondered if her children were as good looking as their mother.
She also alleged that as she turned to leave his office after their meeting, Moore grabbed her buttocks.
"He didn't pinch it; he grabbed it," said Johnson
Moore was 44 years old at the time.
Kelly Harrison Thorp: Claims Moore asked her out in 1982 when she was a 17-year-old waitress at Red Lobster.
She said Moore, who was 35 at the time, came into her restaurant one day, introduced himself and then immediately asked her out on a date.
"I just kind of said, 'Do you know how old I am?'" she recalled asking, according to the Birmingham News.
"And he said, 'Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.”
Gena Richardson: Claims Moore pursued her relentlessly in 1977 when she was an 18-year-old high school senior.
Richardson said she met Moore at the Gadsden Mall, where he asked her which school she attended. She said he also asked for her phone number, which she said she declined to give.
Richardson said he then called her when she was in trigonometry class and asked her out on a date. She said he called a few more times until she relented, and agreed to go to the movies with him.
After their first date, she said, Moore gave her an unsolicited, “forceful” kiss, which prompted her to break off further contact with him.
“It was a man kiss — like really deep tongue. Like very forceful tongue. It was a surprise. I’d never been kissed like that,” she says. “And the minute that happened, I got scared then,” she told the Post. “I really did. Something came over me that scared me. And so I said, ‘I’ve got to go because my curfew is now.’”
Becky Gray: Claims Moore repeatedly asked her out on dates when she was 22 years old he was 30.
She told the Post that his advances crossed the line from weird flirting to harassment.
“I’d always say no, I’m dating someone, no, I’m in a relationship,” she told the Post. “I thought he was old at that time. Anyone over 22 was just old.”
Gray told the paper Moore was “persistent in a way that made her uncomfortable.”
“She says he lingered in her section, or else by the bathroom area, and that she became so disturbed that she complained to the Pizitz manager, Maynard von Spiegelfeld.”