Judge Roy Moore issues statement condemning “false allegations” of sexual assault

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore poses in front the the American flag, in Montgomery, Ala. The chief justice continues to fight against gay marriage in Alabama. Moore told state probate judges to refuse the marriage licenses to gay couples, saying they weren't bound to adhere to the ruling of the federal judge who declared Alabama's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Moore said decision legalizing gay marriage would be among the court's greatest mistakes. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(WIAT) — Judge Roy Moore’s campaign has released a statement denying recent allegations of sexual contact with a teenage girl in a release from his campaign.

In the statement, Moore responds to what the campaign calls “baseless attacks” on his character from the Washington Post. The statement can be read in full below.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Friday afternoon, Judge Roy Moore issued a statement responding to the Washington Post’s baseless attacks on his character:

“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.”

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