$150K Raised for Roy Moore Accuser After Home Burns

Officials in Alabama do not believe it was related to Tina Johnson's accusations
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks at a rally, in Fairhope, Alabama.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

(Newser) – The Roy Moore accuser whose Alabama home may have been torched last week has received over $150,000 from supporters across America. Tina Johnson saw the bulk of that sum pour in over the course of 24 hours after former Obama staffer Katie Jacobs Stanton started a GoFundMe campaign on her behalf, the Hill reports. "I don't know Tina Johnson. But I believe her," Stanton wrote. Though Etowah County authorities do not believe the fire is connected to the Moore accusations, Stanton thinks the gravity of Johnson's situation helped the campaign grow exponentially from its initial goal of just $10,000. "I think, like everybody, I just had a very strong reaction," Stanton tells AL.com. "This poor woman, she's now been victimized twice."

Johnson made headlines along with at least nine other women during Moore's US Senate campaign when she accused him of past sexual misconduct, allegations that he denies. As she, her husband, and their grandchild make do in a motel room in the wake of the fire, Johnson says owners of rental properties are hesitant to rent to her out of fear an arsonist could strike again. "They think, if they burned that house down, they might burn my house down," she says. For now, the fire is deemed suspicious, and an arson investigation is underway. A "suspect of interest" is being interviewed, but authorities say they see no link to the Moore controversy. (Read more Roy Moore stories.)

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