Judge Roy Moore defended himself Friday by saying accusations that he sexually assaulted a teenager more than 30 years ago are "politically motivated," and that he never had any interaction with the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct when she was 14.
"These are allegations are completely false and misleading," Moore told Sean Hannity on his radio show.
He went further by saying he agrees that anyone who abuses a 14-year-old girl should not run for the Senate, and said he is not guilty of any such activities.
"Nobody that abuses a 14-year-old at age 32 or age 17, it doesn't matter," he said. "If you abuse a 14-year-old, you shouldn't be a Senate candidate, I agree with that. But I did not do that."
Leigh Corfman is the 14-year-old who accused Moore of wrongdoing, but Moore said he didn't know her at all.
"I don't know Ms. Corfman from anybody," he said. "I've never talked to her. Never had any contact with her. Allegations of sexual misconduct are completely false. I believe they are politically motivated. I believe they are brought only to stop a very successful campaign and that's what they're doing. I have never known this woman or anything."
Moore did say he recognized two of the other women who have come forward: Debbie Wesson and Gloria Thacker. He said he dated "a lot of young ladies" after ending his stint in the military, and couldn't rule out that he may have dated some women in their teens, even though he said he didn't "generally" date women that young.
He also said he would not have given wine or alcohol to underage women because he lived in a "dry county," and said he doesn't remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother.
Moore repeated his denials in a written statement released Friday.
"I have never provided alcohol to minors, and I have never engaged in sexual misconduct," he said. "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."
He also said he suspected that the story was written to take down his campaign.
"Why would women say these things if they are not true?" he 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."
"This woman has waited over 40 years to bring the complaint four weeks out of an election. It's obvious to the casual observer that something's up," he told Hannity.
Moore also asserted that his campaign has gathered some "evidence of some collusion," but is not ready to releases it to the public yet. He didn't say what that evidence might show. "This is a completely manufactured story meant to distract this campaign," he continued.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old when he was 32. Since then, several Republican senators have said Moore should drop out from the race if the report is true, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and some have said he should drop out regardless of what happened.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, one of the five GOP senators to endorse him, asked for Moore to remove his image from a fundraising ad he was running. Along with him, other key supporters have also called for him to exit the race if the report is true, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R- Texas, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
Moore is running against Democrat Doug Jones to fill the remainder of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' seat. Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the primary runoff to take on Jones back in September.