Roy Moore, the Republican nominee running for U.S. Senate out of Alabama, refuted charges that he has ever behaved inappropriately with a minor, saying that he believed reports on those charges by the Washington Post are motivated by politics.
Speaking Saturday at a Veterans Day event in Vestavia Hills, where some protesters had gathered, Moore questioned why the allegations surfaced just ahead of the general election.
"To think that grown women would wait 40 years to come before, right before an election, to bring charges is absolutely unbelievable," he said to some cheers in the room. "Why now?"
He said that the charges are "completely untrue" and, "I have the highest regard for the protection of young children."
The Washington Post broke the story last week about a woman who claims that more than 30 years ago, when she was 14, Moore, then in his 30s', touched her in a sexual manner.
"I’ve been blistered in articles for last two-to-three months and on television and it will continue," Moore said. "I do not expect the Washington Post to stop. I think they have a political agenda." Moore has also pushed back on allegations of sexual misconduct involving three other women who were teenagers at the time.
Senate Republicans have called on Moore to withdraw from the race, should the allegations be true.