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Moore's campaign responds to Hannity's demand for explanation

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Fox News' personality Sean Hannity took to his popular cable network show Tuesday night to demand Roy Moore "immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory explanation" for "inconsistencies" after his radio show interview about allegations of child molestation in the 1970s.

Hannity gave Moore, who is Alabama's GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate, 24 hours to respond or he would call for him to exit the race.

Wednesday evening, the Moore campaign issued an open letter addressed to Hannity in which Moore denies the allegations against him by Leigh Corfman and Beverly Nelson.

The response blames the "liberal media" for mistreating Moore "in a desperate attempt to smear" his character.

There's also biographical details of Moore's life and career, including mention of his 33 years of marriage, multiple children and grandchildren, and lack of any claims of sexual allegations over a 40-year career.

It also addresses the accusers' claims, specifically the authenticity of Nelson's yearbook signature and her insistence that she never had any further contact with Moore beyond the alleged sexual assault in 1977, despite his signature being on her 1999 divorce document.

The Moore campaign says it can't comment further because it has "taken steps to begin a civil action for defamation."

The full open letter reads:

Dear Sean:

I am suffering the same treatment other Republicans have had to endure.

A month prior to the general election for U.S. Senate in Alabama, I have been attacked by the Washington Post and other liberal media in a desperate attempt to smear my character and defeat my campaign.

Over the last 40 years I have held several public offices, including Deputy District Attorney, Circuit Judge, and Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. In addition to running five statewide and three county campaigns for public office, I have been involved in two major controversies that attracted national attention, one about the Ten Commandments and the other the sanctity of marriage.

The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission, Court of the Judiciary, and Attorney General have investigated, scrutinized, examined, and vetted me, not to mention every opposing candidate against whom I have run.

I have been married for almost 33 years to my wife Kayla. We have four children and five granddaughters.

We are in the process of investigating these false allegations to determine their origin and motivation. For instance, we have documented that the most recent accuser, Beverly Nelson, was a party in a divorce action before me in Etowah County Circuit Court in 1999. No motion was made for me to recuse. In her accusations, Nelson did not mention that I was the judge assigned to her divorce case in 1999, a matter that apparently caused her no distress at a time that was 18 years closer to the alleged assault. Yet 18 years later, while talking before the cameras about the supposed assault, she seemingly could not contain her emotions.

My signature on the order of dismissal in the divorce case was annotated with the letters “D.A.,” representing the initials of my court assistant. Curiously the supposed yearbook inscription is also followed by the same initials—”D.A.” But at that time I was Deputy District Attorney, not district attorney. Those initials as well as the date under the signature block and the printed name of the restaurant are written in a style inconsistent with the rest of the yearbook inscription. The “7’s” in “Christmas 1977” are in a noticeably different script than the “7’s” in the date “12-22-77.” I believe tampering has occurred.

Are we at a stage in American politics in which false allegations can overcome a public record of 40 years, stampede the media and politicians to condemn an innocent man, and potentially impact the outcome of an election of national importance? When allegations of events occurring 40 years ago—and never before mentioned during a 40-year  career of public service—are brought out and taken seriously only 30 days before a critical election, we may be in trouble as a country.

I adamantly deny the allegations of Leigh Corfman and Beverly Nelson, did not date underage girls, and have taken steps to begin a civil action for defamation. Because of that, at the direction of counsel, I cannot comment further.

- Roy S. Moore. 

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