Roy Moore says he doesn’t know any of the women who claim he sought romantic encounters with them when they were minors and teens, but that's not what he said when they first came forward with their stories.
The Republican Alabama Senate candidate is definitely on record acknowledging his familiarity with at least two of his accusers.
Nine women have spoken out against Moore. Almost all of them allege the former state judge sought relationships with them in the late 1970s when he was in his early- to mid-30s. A few of the women say Moore was merely off-putting or creepy. Two women allege specifically that Moore provided them with alcohol when they were below the legal drinking age in Alabama.
Two additional women claim they were sexually assaulted by Moore when they were 14 and 16 years old, respectively.
Moore’s initial response to the first round of accusers, which included the 14-year-old, was to deny the underage assault allegation outright while hemming on the lesser charges. He has since expanded his defense so that it now includes straight-up denying everything.
“Let me state once again: I do not know any of these women, did not date any of these women and have not engaged in any sexual misconduct with anyone,” he said on Nov. 29 during an event in Theodore, Ala. “This is not only odd that things like this occur. It's simply dirty politics."
His comments were made in reference to an anti-Moore campaign ad featuring all of the women who claim he sought relationships with them when they were very, very young.
Moore’s remarks that evening are reminiscent of when he said on Nov. 27 in reference to the sexual misconduct allegations, “The allegations are completely false. They are malicious.”
He also said at that time, “Specifically, I do not know any of these women.”
This would appear to contradict what Moore told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Nov. 10.
Gloria Thacker Deason told the Washington Post that she dated Moore on-and-off again when she was 18 after an initial meeting at the Gadsden Mall in 1979. Moore was 32 at the time. Deason, who alleged their physical relationship never went further than kissing and hugging, claimed Moore gave her alcohol on dates, even though she was below the legal drinking age.
A second woman, Debbie Wesson Gibson, told the Post she dated Moore for roughly three months in 1981 when she was 17 years old. She said Moore would read her poetry and serenade her with his guitar. She also said he kissed her twice during the time they dated. He was 34 at the time.
Both women are featured prominently in the campaign ad whose core message Moore denied on Nov. 29, which is odd considering he told Hannity earlier he definitely remembered Deason and Gibson.
"As I recall [Deason] was 19 or older. I never provided intoxicating liquor to a minor. I seem to remember her as a good girl,” Moore said.
In reference to Gibson, Moore said, “I don't remember going out on dates. I knew her as a friend. If we did go out on dates then we did."
Just to be clear, we've now gone from faint recognition to outright denial in a matter of weeks. At this rate, Moore will be denying he was ever a judge or assistant district attorney.