Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore continues to refute allegations published in the Washington Post Thursday where a woman, 14 at the time, says he had inappropriate contact with her.
This additional statement comes one day after a Thursday statement where he called the report "fake news."
"I have never provided alcohol to minors, and I have never engaged in sexual misconduct," said Moore in his Friday statement. He is referring to claims the woman made of Moore kissing her and touching her while she was in her underwear in 1979 as a young teen. Moore was a 32-year-old Etowah County district attorney.
The Post also interviewed three other women who say Moore pursued them when they were at least age 16 -- the age of consent in Alabama. All these claims are being refuted by the former chief justice, who has received political notoriety for his belief of Christianity influencing public policy when it comes to issues including abortion and same-sex marriage.
"I cannot understand the mentality of using such a dangerous lie to try to personally destroy someone."
Moore has held a 10-point lead in many polls, although his opponent, Democratic candidate Doug Jones was tied with Moore in a Fox News poll in October.
Many Republicans, including President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have urged Moore to step aside if the allegations are true.
Incumbent U.S. Senator Luther Strange, who was appointed to the position, lost to Moore in the GOP primary runoff by nine percent.
The special election trakes place December 12.
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