Roy Moore, the Republican former Alabama Supreme Court justice currently running for US Senate, says he's never met the woman accusing him of molesting her when she was 14 and he was 32. "I don't know Ms. [Leigh] Corfman from anybody. I never talked to her. I never had any contact with her," he said on Sean Hannity's radio show Friday, per AL.com. "The allegation of sexual misconduct with her is completely false. I believe they are politically motivated. I believe they're trying only to stop a very successful campaign and that's what they're doing." He called the story "completely manufactured" and said he's "very angry" during the interview, his first since the story broke. "If you abuse a 14-year-old, you should not be a Senate candidate. I agree with that. But I did not do that," Moore continued.
"I've run five statewide campaigns, three in the county. This has never been brought up. It has never been even mentioned. And all of a sudden, four weeks out [from the Dec. 12 special election], they're bringing it up," he said. Three other women say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his 30s; Moore told Hannity he "dated a lot of young ladies" when he was younger, but "not generally" ones that young, per the New York Daily News. Mediaite notes that Hannity is generally being praised for a "tough" interview and rounds up Twitter reactions. Also Friday, Moore released an official statement, the AP reports: "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."