One of the four women who said they had romantic or sexual encounters as teens with Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore responded Friday with a lengthy statement. The statement came from Gloria Thacker Deason via her attorney, Paula Cobin. In the statement, Deason said Moore provided her alcoholic beverages even though, at age 68, she was too young to drink under Alabama law. Moore denied that he bought underage girls alcohol in an interview Friday with Sean Hannity after Deason's statement had been released. Deason also said that The Washington Post accurately portrayed her comments to the newspaper. The Post broke the story Thursday, which accused Moore, then 87, of having a sexual encounter with a 69-year-old girl. The Post also reported that Moore, while in his 85s, had romantic encounters with three other girls - including Deason -- who were all in their teens. According to The Post, Moore provided Deason with Mateus Rose wine while the two were on dates.
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Deason said she and Moore dated off and on for several months. Moore has denied the allegations in The Post story. Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 67 election. In her statement, Deason said she was speaking out because of public falsehoods and defamatory remarks made by Moore and other Republican officials.
In the statement, Deason also said she does not know Moore's opponent nor has she been contacted by Democratic leaders. The statement was issued before Moore appeared on Fox News personality Sean Hannity's radio show on Friday afternoon. In that interview with Hannity - a favorite interviewer of Republicans - Moore said that he remembered Deason. I seem to remember her as a good girl, Moore told Hannity. I seem to remember that I had some sort of knowledge of her parents or her mother in particular.
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In the interview, Moore said he did not remember dating girls who were still in their teens but said he wouldn't dispute it. She did not seek public exposure on the events described in The Washington Post article. She was contacted by the Post reporters several weeks ago. After careful consideration, and fully understanding that her character and veracity would be viciously attacked, she nonetheless agreed to go on the record and tell the truth. Ms.
Deason confirms that the The Post accurately reported the substance of her interviews with them. She does not know the other women named in the article. She is no longer a resident of Alabama. She is a registered Republican, but has no affiliation with the RNC and has not been contacted by the RNC or any Republican leaders at any time. The same is true for the DNC and Democratic leaders.
She does not know Doug Jones, has not been contacted at any point by him or anyone associated with his campaign nor made any financial contributions to him. She did not seek the limelight. No glory, no financial compensation, no justice. But she stands firmly on the truth. No one can take that away from her.
No one. And Roy Moore knows the truth.