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)

Despite Roy Moore’s denials, more evidence emerges of Moore’s relationship with a 17-year-old

Debbie Wesson Gibson found old letters that prove her relationship with the Alabama GOP Senate candidate


Nicole Karlis
December 4, 2017 10:30PM (UTC)

Multiple women who came forward at great personal risk to accuse Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of molesting or pursuing them as teenagers found themselves the brunt of politicized attacks — from Moore, from the public, and even from the president of the United States. Yet despite Moore's claims that his women accusers are all "liars," more evidence has just emerged confirming that Roy Moore had relationships with teenage girls while he was an adult in his 30s.

Today in the Washington Post, Debbie Wesson Gibson — who in November told the Post that she and Moore had dated for several months in 1981 when she was 17 and he was 34 — revealed a high school graduation card she received from Roy Moore, which she had found in a storage bin in her attic.

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“Happy graduation Debbie,” the card reads. “I wanted to give you this card myself. I know that you’ll be a success in anything you do. Roy.”

Gibson recalls Moore giving her the card at her graduation ceremony at Etowah High School in Attalla, Alabama, when she was 17. The Florida resident also found evidence in her high school scrap book which documented their first date, under a section in the scrap book titled “remembrances.”

“Wednesday night, 3-4-81. Roy S. Moore and I went out for the first time. We went out to eat at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. I had a great time,” it says. Other details in the book of memories recall the time Gibson helped Moore pass out fliers in a Kmart parking lot in 1982, when he was campaigning for circuit court judge.

Gibson tells The Washington Post she decided to come forward with the aforementioned evidence after watching Moore publicly deny their relationship at a press conference.

“He called me a liar,” she told The Post. “Roy Moore made an egregious mistake to attack that one thing — my integrity.”

On Nov. 29, at a rally in Theodore, Alabama, Moore said in response to the allegations:

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“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.”

And on Nov. 27, he had a similar response at another campaign event in Henagar, Alabama:

“The allegations are completely false. They are malicious. Specifically, I do not know any of these women.”

However, in a radio interview with Sean Hannity after the allegations first emerged, Moore admitted that he remembered Gibson, but didn’t remember dating her.

Gibson is one of nine women who have publicly come forward about their questionable relationships with Moore, all of which he has denied. While Gibson’s relationship appeared to be consensual at the time, Gibson’s evidence is important inasmuch as it helps validate the stories of other women that Moore has attempted to paint as liars — including Leigh Corfman, who was just 14 when Moore allegedly molested her.

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Nicole Karlis

Nicole Karlis is a news writer at Salon. She covers health, science, tech and gender politics. Tweet her @nicolekarlis.

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