Roy Moore says accusations of sexual abuse are false

Meanwhile, the lawyer for one of the women cited in The Washington Post's story about sexual misconduct by Senate candidate Roy Moore says it is "reprehensible that so many Alabama Republican officeholders" have rejected the evidence.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017 10:53 PM
Updated: Nov. 11, 2017 1:25 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Roy Moore, the GOP nominee for the Senate in Alabama (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she has no plans to move the upcoming U.S. Senate election in which the Republican candidate faces allegations of sexual misconduct.

Ivey communications director Josh Pendergrass said Saturday that the governor "is not considering and has no plans to move the special election for US Senate."

The special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be held Dec. 12.

Speculation had surfaced that Ivey might delay the race after a Washington Post report quoted women who said they were teenagers when Roy Moore, who was in his 30s at the time, pursued them. One woman said she had sexual contact with Moore when she was 14 years old.

Moore has denied the allegations as false and politically motivated. He faces Democrat Doug Jon es in the race.

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10 a.m.

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has again denied allegations of sexual misconduct and said there would be "revelations" concerning the newspaper article that brought them to light in the next few days.

The Republican made the remark Saturday at his first public appearance since the allegations were reported by The Washington Post.

Speaking at a Republican club in a Birmingham suburb, Moore questioned why the allegations would emerge now, after he has run five statewide political races in the past 17 years.

Moore called the Post report "fake news" and said the accusations are "completely false and untrue about something that happened nearly 40 years ago." The report said Moore had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades ago and had pursued other teenage girls.

Alabama holds a special election on Dec. 12 to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore is opposed by Dem ocrat Doug Jones.

Moore already denied the allegations in an interview Friday with conservative radio host Sean Hannity.

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Longtime Republican political operatives are fearful that the GOP might lose one of its Senate seats in Alabama in spite of Roy Moore's denials that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl several decades ago.

The Senate GOP's campaign arm formally ended its fundraising agreement with Moore just a month before the Dec. 12 special election.

The party's presidential nominee in 2012, Mitt Romney, called for Moore to drop out of the race. And two Republican senators, Utah's Mike Lee and Montana's Steve Daines, withdrew their endorsements.

Other Republicans officials have called for Moore to leave the race if the allegations are true. But Moore continues to say they are not true, though he did not rule out dating teenage girls when he was in his early 30s.

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Friday

9:05 p.m.

The lawyer for one of the women cited in The Washington Post's story about sexual misconduct by Senate candidate Roy Moore says it is "reprehensible that so many Alabama Republican officeholders" have rejected the evidence.

Gloria Deason told the Post she went on dates with Moore in 1979, when he was 32 and she was 18. Deason told the Post that Moore ordered her alcoholic drinks even though she was under the legal drinking age.

Deason's lawyer, Paula Cobia, has released a statement blasting Moore for "incendiary statements about the women." She says Deason stands to gain "no glory, no financial compensation, no justice."

Cobia says Deason has no affiliation with either the Republican or the Democratic party, and has never contacted Moore's election opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.

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4:45 p.m.

Republican Roy Moore is showing no willingness to step away from the Alabama Senate race.

Moore is answering GOP critics who say he should end his Alabama Senate candidacy if he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with minors four decades ago, as The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Moore says on the Sean Hannity radio show that if candidates step aside due to accusations, "you might as well not run, because when you run you're going to get allegations." He says people are "innocent until proven guilty."

The Post reported that when Moore was 32, he took a 14-year-old girl to his home and touched her bra and underpants. Moore denies that.

He says he's doing his own investigation and has "some evidence of collusion here." He is revealing no details.

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4:20 p.m.

Alabama Republican Roy Moore is vehemently denying a Washington Post report alleging decades-old sexual misconduct with minors.

In a statement released Friday, Moore says he never provide d alcohol to minors and "never engaged in sexual misconduct."

The Senate candidate says: "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 says he is strongly urging the Post, which published the report based on on-the-record statements, to "tell the truth."

Washington Republicans have called for Moore to step aside if the allegations are true.

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4 p.m.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's name cannot be removed from the ballot this close to the election.

Merrill said Friday that if the party chose to disqualify Moore, it was too late to remove him from the ballot.

The special election Dec. 12 pits Moore against Democrat Doug Jones.

Moore, a 70-year-old former state Supreme Court justice, has defiantly denied allegations of decades-old sexual misc onduct with minors. The Washington Post reported the allegations Thursday.

The revelations triggered a sharp backlash from would-be Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill, who called on Moore to quit the race if the allegations were true.

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3:35 p.m.

Alabama's Republican national committeeman says allegations of sexual impropriety against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore are a "sinister" attempt to derail his candidacy.

Paul Reynolds tells The Associated Press: "This is a firestorm designed to shipwreck a campaign in Alabama. I think it's sinister."

Reynolds says the timing of the allegations in a report from The Washington Post is too coincidental, with only a month left in the campaign.

Reynolds supports Moore and says if the candidate steps down now, that would mean surrendering to Democrat Doug Jones.

Reynolds says, "This is a deliberate effort to discourage the campaign from being able to put together the team it needs to ca rry forward."

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2:30 p.m.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is ending its fundraising agreement with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in light of allegations of sexual contact with a teenager decades ago.

The group had been part of a fundraising committee that includes the Alabama Republican Party and the Republican National Committee. The information was in a filing to the Federal Election Commission on Friday.

The step comes as Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have called on Moore to step aside in the Alabama Senate race if the allegations are true.

Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado is chairman of the NRSC, the campaign arm of the Senate GOP.

Moore has been defiant, insisting he would not quit the race for the Dec. 12 special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former seat.

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3:45 a.m.

Republicans are not supposed to worry about Alabama.

But in the span of a tumultuou s afternoon on Thursday, a low-profile special election became a Republican nightmare that threatens a once-safe Senate seat. And it offers a new window into ugly divisions that continue to plague the GOP in the age of President Donald Trump.

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is denying allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct with minors published Thursday in a Washington Post story. The revelations come a month before the Dec. 12 special election, and they're triggering a backlash from would-be Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill, who are calling on the 70-year-old conservative Christian to quit the race if the allegations are true.

It's a bittersweet moment for some Republicans who thought Moore never should have been the party's nominee.

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