From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — Former Alabama judge and Republican candidate for Senate Roy Moore issued a statement Friday afternoon in response to a story run by the Washington Post Thursday that said he had improper sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s.
The statement reads, “Yesterday, I made a statement that the allegations described in a Washington Post article against me about sexual impropriety were false.
“It has been a tough 24 hours because my wife and I were blindsided by an article based on a lie supported by innuendo.
“It seems that in the political arena, to say that something is not true is simply not good enough.
“So let me be clear.
“I have never provided alcohol to minors, and I have never engaged in sexual misconduct. As a father of a daughter and a grandfather of five granddaughters, I condemn the actions of any man who engages in sexual misconduct not just against minors but against any woman.
“I also believe that any person who has been abused should feel the liberty to come forward and seek protection.
“I know that a lot of people wonder why this story was written. Why would women say these things if they are not true? I can’t fully answer that because as much as I have disagreed vehemently on political issues with many people over the years, I cannot understand the mentality of using such a dangerous lie to try to personally destroy someone.
“As a former Judge and administer of the law, I take the protection of our innocent as one of my most sacred callings. False allegations are gravely serious and will have a profound consequence on those who are truly harassed or molested.
“I strongly urge the Washington Post, and everyone involved, to tell the truth.
“That is all we can do, and I trust that the people of Alabama, who know my record after 40 years of public service, will vouch for my character and commitment to the rule of law.”