Roy Moore's ongoing sexual misconduct allegations: a timeline of events
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Alabamans decided on Tuesday whether to elect former Alabama judge Roy Moore or Democratic candidate Doug Jones as their next U.S. Senator.
Throughout the campaign, Moore has battled allegations of sexual misconduct.
Here is a list of events that transpired as allegations continued to drop.
Nov. 9 – A story about a woman who encountered Roy Moore during a sexual encounter is released by the Washington Post. Leigh Corfman says Moore sexually abused her when she was 14 years old. She alleges Moore forced her to touch him in his private parts. Moore also touched her and kissed her, making her uncomfortable.
Wendy Miller was 16 when she says she went on dates with Moore, which her mother forbade. Debbie Wesson Gibson says went on dates with Moore when she was 17 and Gloria Thacker was 18 when she alleged that Moore bought her drinks underage and took her out on dates.
Moore denied all of the sexual misconduct allegations and called it an attack by the Democrats and the Washington Post. Sen. Mitch McConnell and other members of the Republican Party called on Moore to resign.
Nov. 13 – Beverly Young Nelson said during a press conference that was held in conjunction with attorney Gloria Allred that she was sexually assaulted by Moore at 16 years old. She says that Moore put his hands on her breasts and groped her. When she tried to leave a car which she was in with Moore, he allegedly locked the door and forced her head towards his lap. She also presents a copy of her yearbook signed by Moore. "He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was going to rape me," Nelson said. Moore says he doesn't know Nelson and that he never did what she said he did.
Nov. 13 – The New Yorker reports Moore may have been banned from the Gadsden Mall in his hometown because of badgering young girls. The mall says they don’t have any records to show for the ban because their records don’t go back to the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Nov. 14 – Rep. Paul Ryan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined Mitch McConnell in declaring that Moore should step down from candidacy. Despite this call from National Republicans, local representatives of the party chose to stand by him due to skepticism they have about Moore’s accusers. Alabama state Rep. Mike Ball says it was too late for the party to do anything and remove Moore.
Nov. 15 – More women came out in an interview with the Washington Post alleging sexual misconduct. Gena Richardson says she received an unwanted and forceful kiss after going on a date with Moore that she agreed to. Phyllis Smith was warned about Moore by other teen girls but was never groped or harassed herself. Karen Lancaster said Moore tried to ask her out in the 1980s while she was at the mall. Kelly Harrison Thorp told the New York Times that Moore tried to ask her for a date when she was 17.
Nov. 27 – Moore says during a campaign event, “the allegations are completely false. They are malicious. Specifically, I do not know any of these women.”
Nov. 29 – Moore says during a rally at a church, “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.”
Dec. 4 – Debbie Wesson Gibson told the Washington Post that she has evidence of Moore signing a scrapbook from high school. Moore wrote “happy graduation Debbie, I wanted to give you this card myself. I know that you’ll be a success in anything you do. Roy.”
Dec. 4 – President Trump says of Roy Moore’s allegations, “he denies it.” He restores his support of Roy Moore because, “Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive tax cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama.” In a tweet, Trump said “we need his vote to on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more.” The RNC also reinstated their support for Moore and Mitch McConnell said he’ll let the people of Alabama decide.
Dec. 8 - Beverly Young Nelson clarifies that she wrote the date and location underneath Moore's signature in her yearbook. During the press conference, Young presented the media with a yearbook that was signed by Moore. He wrote at the time, "To a sweeter more beautiful girl, I could not say Merry Christmas, Christmas, 1977, Love, Roy Moore, Olde Hickory House. Roy Moore, DA,'"