Roy Moore Responds to Hannity's Ultimatum

Another 2 women have come forward
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2017 5:14 AM CST
Moore Responds to Hannity Ultimatum
US Senate candidate Roy Moore gets in his car after he speaks at a revival on Tuesday in Jackson, Ala.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Sean Hannity gave Roy Moore a 24-hour ultimatum Tuesday—and the embattled Senate candidate responded. In an open letter to Hannity, Moore said he never dated "underage girls" and suggested that an inscription in the yearbook of Beverly Young Nelson, who says he sexually assaulted her when she was 16, was a forgery, CNN reports. Moore said he "cannot comment further" on other allegations "at the direction of counsel." At the end of his show Wednesday night, Hannity said Moore had provided the answers he asked for, but he declined to say whether he believed them, the AP reports. "The people of Alabama deserve to have a fair choice," he said. "I'm very confident that when everything comes out, they will make the best decision for their state."

"It shouldn't be decided by me, by people on television, by Mitch McConnell," the Fox host said. A sixth woman came forward Wednesday to accuse Moore of groping her, followed by two more who accused him of harassing them at the Gadsden Mall in his hometown when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s. Gena Richardson tells the Washington Post that she declined to give Moore her number after he approached her while she worked at Sears, but he contacted her through her high school. She says they ended up seeing a movie together, and she was frightened when he suddenly gave her a "forceful" kiss afterward. Her friend Kayla McLaughlin backs up the account and says after the encounter, Richardson hid whenever Moore came to the store. (Locals say Moore was banned from the mall for constantly pestering young women.)

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