Roy Moore Cheered in 1st Appearance Since Allegations

Alabama Senate candidate calls accusations against him 'fake news'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2017 2:24 PM CST
Roy Moore Cheered in 1st Appearance Since Allegations
Former Alabama Chief Justice and US Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

"This is a prime example of fake news," Roy Moore said to cheers Saturday during his first public appearance since being accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter when he was 32, NBC News reports. According to ABC News, the senate hopeful from Alabama received a standing ovation from supporters at a Veterans Day event at a library outside Birmingham. Moore called the allegations against him, which include dating multiple teen girls while he was in his 30s, "completely false and untrue" and "very hurtful to me." He said there "will be revelations about motivations and context" behind the allegations "in the coming days."

Moore wondered why the women were only coming forward with their allegations now, decades after the fact. In response, a lawyer for one of the women released a statement Saturday in which she said the women didn't come forward at the time because "they had no way of knowing their rights, especially against him considering that he was a district attorney at the time." Moore said he has no plans to drop out of the race, and it's unclear if he even could. He has missed the deadline to remove his name from ballots under Alabama law. While there have been reports of Republicans asking to postpone the December special election, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she's not considering doing so, CBS News reports. She has called the allegations against Moore "deeply disturbing." (More Roy Moore stories.)

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