We are on another insane roller coaster ride that is in the category of a nightmare a la President Trump. It started with the Washington Post’s exposé of 4 women coming forward to accuse Judge Roy Moore (70 years old) of sexual misconduct while he’s in the middle of a campaign to become the next republican US senator from Alabama on December 12, 2017. These 4 accusers have told their detailed stories as to how Judge Moore behaved inappropriately in trying to obtain sexual favors from them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
Then there have been those who have shared their recollections about how Judge Moore had been frequently kicked out of the Gadsden Mall by security because he had a habit of stalking teenage girls during the late 1970s through early 1980s.
There is a former deputy district attorney coworker from this time period, Teresa Jones who has tweeted that Judge Roy Moore’s penchant for dating teenagers was an open secret at the Gadsden courthouse.
Then there was an interview between Judge Moore and the FOX TV host Sean Hannity who was an ardent supporter where the judge refused to definitely deny the above allegations as he parsed his answers. But the tell came when he blurted out that he never dated these young ladies without their Mom’s permission.
Recently another woman Beverly Young Nelson with the help of her attorney Gloria Allred went public with her story about how she was accosted by Judge Moore when she was 16 years old. She had a High School yearbook that he had signed in 1977 while she was working at a local restaurant. She did indicate that she had nothing to do with him after this incident.
Of course, Judge Moore denied ever knowing her as well as flatly denying all the other accusations hurled at him. As a well known far right anti-gay icon in the area, he has been fighting back by accusing the establishment republican party and the democrats for having created a political hit job against him. He has been claiming that he plans to sue the Washington Post for defamation and that he will soon reveal data proving that all these allegations are fraudulent.
On November 15, 2017, Judge Moore’s attorney went on the record questioning the veracity of Beverly Young Nelson and her attorney Gloria Allred. The attorney accused Mrs. Nelson of not being truthful when she indicated that she never had anything to do with Judge Moore after she quit her restaurant job. He offered proof in the form of a divorce order that he signed regarding her divorce from a Mr. Harris in 1999. The problem with this supposed evidence, it was Judge Moore who vehemently denied ever knowing her. Then the attorney challenged the writing in her yearbook as not matching the handwriting of Judge Moore as per a hand writing expert. But then he proceeded to demand that Mrs. Nelson release to them her yearbook so that the handwriting can be analysed by experts.
THE COUP D’ETAT came when an attorney for Judge Moore, Trent Garmen was on the MSNBC TV show on 11/15/17 with the hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle.
As per a CNN REPORT, “An attorney for Roy Moore on Wednesday compared Moore’s dating habits to arranged marriage and suggested that MSNBC host Ali Velshi’s “background” would help him understand Moore’s “process.”
Here’s the rest of the story...
On November 15, 2017, Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Two more women describe unwanted overtures by Roy Moore at Alabama mall.”
“Gena Richardson says she was a high school senior working in the men’s department of Sears at the Gadsden Mall when a man approached her and introduced himself as Roy Moore.”
“He said, ‘You can just call me Roy,’ ” says Richardson, who says this first encounter happened in the fall of 1977, just before or after her 18th birthday, as Moore, then a 30-year-old local attorney, was gaining a reputation for pursuing young women at the mall in Gadsden, Ala. His overtures caused one store manager to tell new hires to “watch out for this guy,” another young woman to complain to her supervisor and Richardson to eventually hide from him when he came in Sears, the women say.”
“Richardson says Moore — now a candidate for U.S. Senate — asked her where she went to school, and then for her phone number, which she says she declined to give, telling him that her father, a Southern Baptist preacher, would never approve.”
“A few days later, she says, she was in trigonometry class at Gadsden High when she was summoned to the principal’s office over the intercom in her classroom. She had a phone call.”
“I said ‘Hello?’” Richardson recalls. “And the male on the other line said, ‘Gena, this is Roy Moore.’ I was like, ‘What?!’ He said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m in trig class.’ ”
“Richardson says Moore asked her out again on the call. A few days later, after he asked her out at Sears, she relented and agreed, feeling both nervous and flattered. They met that night at a movie theater in the mall after she got off work, a date that ended with Moore driving her to her car in a dark parking lot behind Sears and giving her what she called an unwanted, “forceful” kiss that left her scared.”
“I never wanted to see him again,” says Richardson, who is now 58 and a community college teacher living in Birmingham. She describes herself as a moderate Republican and says she didn’t vote in the 2016 general election or in this year’s Republican Senate primary in Alabama.”
)Nate Beeler/Columbus Dispatch/CagleCartoons.com)”Richardson, whose account was corroborated by classmate and Sears co-worker Kayla McLaughlin, is among four women who say Moore pursued them when they were teenagers or young women working at the mall — from Sears at one end to the Pizitz department store at the other. Richardson and Becky Gray, the woman who complained to her manager, have not previously spoken publicly. The accounts of the other two women — Wendy Miller and Gloria Thacker Deason — have previously been reported by The Washington Post.”
“Phyllis Smith, who was 18 when she began working at Brooks, a clothing store geared toward young women, said teenage girls counseled each other to “just make yourself scarce when Roy’s in here, he’s just here to bother you, don’t pay attention to him and he’ll go away.’ ”
“The encounters described by the women occurred between 1977 and 1982, when Moore was single, in his early 30s and an attorney in Etowah County in northeastern Alabama. In October 1977, he was appointed deputy district attorney.
In all, The Post spoke to a dozen people who worked at the mall or hung out there as teenagers during the late ’70s and early ’80s and recall Moore as a frequent presence — a well-dressed man walking around alone, leaning on counters, spending enough time in the stores, especially on weekend nights, that some of the young women who worked there said they became uncomfortable.
Several of the women said they decided to share their accounts after reading a Post story last week in which four women said Moore pursued them as teenagers, including one who said she was 14 and Moore was 32 when he touched her sexually.”
“Moore has denied engaging in any kind of sexual misconduct. In an interview last week with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Moore did not rule out that he may have dated teenage girls when he was in his 30s, though he said he could not recall. Moore said he doesn’t remember “ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother.”
“Moore has brushed off mounting calls from Republican leaders in Washington to end his campaign, saying the media and the GOP establishment are aligned against him. The reaction in Alabama, among voters and elected officials, has been more mixed
“President Trump has not gone as far as other Republican leaders, saying through press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that Moore should drop out if the allegations are true. Trump ignored questions Wednesday from reporters asking if Moore should quit the race.”
“The sprawling Gadsden Mall opened in 1974 with a Sears at one end, a Pizitz department store at the other, a movie theater in the middle and plenty of parking all around. It quickly became a social hub for teenagers.”
“By 1977, Moore had returned home from law school after attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and serving in Vietnam. It was around that time, people say, that he became a regular at the mall.”
“It would always be on Friday or Saturday night,” says Becky Gray, who was then 22 and working in the men’s department of Pizitz. “Parents would drop kids off, let them roam the mall. Well, he started coming up to me.”
“She says Moore kept asking her out and she kept saying no.”
“I’d always say no, I’m dating someone, no, I’m in a relationship,” says Gray, now 62, a retired teacher and a Democrat who supports Moore’s opponent in the Senate race. “I thought he was old at that time. Anyone over 22 was just old.”
“At the center of the mall was a photo booth, where Wendy Miller earlier told The Post her mother worked. Miller said she hung out there with her mom when she was 16 and that Moore repeatedly asked her out on dates, which her mother forbade. Miller’s mother, Martha Brackett, confirmed her account.”
“At the other end of the mall was Sears, where Richardson says she was among a clique of Gadsden High girls who worked at the store during their senior year.”
“Richardson, whose maiden name is Burgess, was assigned to the men’s section, and her friend and classmate McLaughlin worked at the cosmetics and jewelry counter at the front of the store with a view down the long mall corridor.”
“I could see when he came in,” says McLaughlin, whose maiden name was Shirley and who says that she and Richardson usually worked evening shifts on the weekends. “He didn’t really talk to me, he was over there visiting with Gena a lot. And that got to be a pattern.”
“McLaughlin says she told her friend to stay away from Moore. “I hate to say this, but Gena was like my little sister. She was raised by a Southern Baptist preacher and a little naive. So I’d let her know: ‘Here he comes.’ ”
“When Richardson met Moore she says he introduced himself as an attorney, and says she found it odd that he asked her to call him “Roy.”
“That was strange in the first place, because of the way we were always taught to call someone Mr. or Mrs.,” she says.”
“When he asked for her number, she says that she told him, “No, my dad is so strict. Mm-mm. No.” She and McLaughlin both say they talked about Moore after that, with McLaughlin telling her friend, “You can’t go out with him. He’s old.”
“It was a few days later, Richardson says, when she was called out of her trigonometry class.”
“Richardson says she was startled, thinking maybe her dad was calling, and that when she realized it was Moore, “I felt like every person in that office was staring at me.”
“At that point, he said, ‘Would you like to go out some time?’ ” recalls Richardson, who says she described the call right afterward to McLaughlin, who confirmed the account. “I said, ‘Well, I can’t talk right now.’ And being so naive, and so not worldly, I said, ‘I’ll be at work Friday or Saturday.’”
“The next Friday or Saturday night, she says, he came in to Sears and asked her out again and she again told him, “Look, my dad is so strict.”
“She recalls Moore suggesting that they meet for a late movie after she got off work. She says she called her parents and told them she was going out with friends.”
“Instead, she says she met Moore at the movie theater. She says she can’t remember what they saw, but she remembers clearly what happened after. She says it was cold and Moore offered to drive her to her car, which was more than a football field’s distance away in a parking area behind Sears. She says he parked by her car and began chatting with her, and she says she told him again about her dad.”
“I just explained to him that my dad’s a minister, and you know, I just can’t sneak around because that’s wrong,” she recalls. “So I thanked him and started to get out and he grabbed me and pulled me in and that’s when he kissed me.”
“It was a man kiss — like really deep tongue. Like very forceful tongue. It was a surprise. I’d never been kissed like that,” she says. “And the minute that happened, I got scared then. I really did. Something came over me that scared me. And so I said, ‘I’ve got to go, because my curfew is now.’ ”
“She says she got out of the car and into her own.”
“Richardson and McLaughlin say they talked about it afterward, and when Moore came into Sears after that, McLaughlin would warn her friend so she could hide in the back of the store. “I would call and say he’s coming this way,” McLaughlin says. “She would go to the back. She was uncomfortable.”