[UPDATE: And yet another woman has come forward.
Gene Richardson, 58, alleges Mr Moore called her at her high school to ask her out. She rebuffed his offer, but said she felt pressured to go out with him after he allegedly asked again at the Gadsden Mall, where she worked. She claims the date ended with a “forceful” kiss.
Becky Gray, who was 22 at the time, also worked at the mall and said she complained to her manager about Mr Moore’s behaviour. She alleges the manager told her it was “not the first time he had a complaint about him hanging at the mall”.
As is often the case with sexual abuse, once the floodgates open, more and more people come forward with stories about the perpetrators that they had long suppressed thinking that they were alone or that no one would believe them. That is what is happening with Roy Moore as two more women come forward with stories that Moore is a creepy guy.
Tina Johnson recalled how in 1991 when she was 28, she went with her mother to Roy Moore’s law office to get some custodial papers for her son signed. She said that Moore flirted with her the whole time making her uncomfortable and then as she was leaving the office, he came up behind her and grabbed her buttocks. She told her sister about it years later and her sister recalls the conversation.
In 1982, 17-year old Kelly Harrison Thorp was working as a hostess in a Red Lobstr restaurant when she encountered Moore who as a county assistant district attorney in his thirties.
Thorp said Moore asked her if she’d go out with him sometime.
“I just kind of said, ‘Do you know how old I am?'” she recalled.
“And he said, ‘Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.’
Thorp said she turned him down and told him she had a boyfriend. She said he then walked away.
Thorp said she later told a family member but did not tell the story publicly. She moved away from Gadsden the following year, and has just recently moved back.
Thorp knows one of Moore’s accusers, Leigh Corfman, who told The Washington Post that Moore had a sexual encounter with her when she was 14. Thorp believes Corfman’s story and said she is proud of her for telling it publicly.
Although Thorp’s story does not involve sexual assault, it adds to the evidence that Moore was constantly on the prowl for teenagers.
Moore seems to be still holding up in the polls. One of his most ardent defenders, Sean Hannity of Fox News, had an interview with Moore that was supposed to allow Moore to rebut all the charges but his answers were so equivocal that even Hannity yesterday said that he would give Moore 24 hours to clear up all the inconsistencies or he should get out of the race. As you might expect, Moore’s supporters have gone ballistic at what they perceive as Hannity going over to the dark side. (See the comments to that post.)
Donald Trump has maintained an uncharacteristic silence on Moore. After he made a misstep in endorsing Moore’s rival Luther Strange in the primary, he must be feeling wary of antagonizing Moore’s supporters again, since they are also his supporters.