Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks to the media during a news conference in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. He is accused of breaking judicial ethics during the fight over same-sex marriage in the state. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) (AP)

"He didn't pinch it; he grabbed it": Two more women share their experiences with Roy Moore

One woman told Alabama reporters that Moore also "asked questions about her young daughters"


Charlie May
November 15, 2017 11:41PM (UTC)

Two more women have stepped forward to publicly reveal their experiences with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, which included a time he allegedly groped a 28-year-old and hit on a 17-year-old. There are now seven different women who have spoken out recently to accuse the Republican candidate of sexual misconduct.

On Wednesday Tina Johnson claimed that during the fall of 1991, while she was in the law office of then-attorney Moore, he immediately began flirting with her.

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"He kept commenting on my looks, telling me how pretty I was, how nice I looked," Johnson told AL.com. "He was saying that my eyes were beautiful." Johnson was 28 years old at the time and in the office because she had to sign over custody of her 12-year-old son to her mother. Johnson was headed for divorce and was unemployed, it was a rough time in her life, she explained.

"I'm not perfect," she said. "I have things in my background and I know (the public) will jump on anything, but (what happened with Moore) is still the truth, and the truth will stand when the world won't."

Moore continued to make her uncomfortable during her time in the office, she told reporters. Moore even asked her about her younger daughters "including what color eyes they had and if they were as pretty as she was," AL.com reported. When the papers were signed and her mother left, Moore allegedly came up from behind Johnson and grabbed her buttocks.

"He didn't pinch it; he grabbed it," Johnson said.

Johnson's story is the first known incident that allegedly occurred while Moore was married. He married Kayla Moore in 1985.

Kelly Harrison Thorp also shared her story and explained that in 1982 that while she worked as a hostess at the Red Lobster in Gadsden, Alabama, Moore hit on her. She was only 17.

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"He was a public figure in this small town," she told AL.com.

Moore allegedly asked her if she would go out with him at some point.

"I just kind of said, 'Do you know how old I am?'" Thorp said. "And he said, 'Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.'"

Thorp said she walked away after refusing his offer and telling him she had a boyfriend.

Moore has denied all of the allegations entirely and has claimed he didn't even know some of the women who had accused him. But even far-right Fox News host Sean Hannity had essentially given up on Moore and his Senate bid. The Senate GOP has largely condemned his alleged actions and are now scrambling to figure out a viable solution for the December election.

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"Everybody knew it wouldn't matter," Thorp said when she explained why multiple women had decided to speak up after so much time passed. "He would get elected anyway because his supporters are never going to believe anything bad about him.

And that's essentially what Alabama Republicans have done thus far.

Speaking outside the Alabama GOP headquarters on Wednesday, Moore campaign attorney Phillip Jauregui attempted to cast doubt on the accusers' accounts.

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"Release the yearbook so we can determine is it genuine or is it a fraud," Jauregui insisted, referring to a yearbook inscription allegedly from Moore in one accuser's high school book.


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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