Alabama news outlet AL.com published an exclusive report Wednesday evening, detailing an interview with a woman from Gadsden, Alabama who claims she also was sexually assaulted by U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, making her the sixth woman to make serious allegations against him.
Last week, the Washington Post published an article about four women who accused Moore of sexual misconduct in the late 1970s, when they were all teenagers, and he was an assistant district attorney in his early 30s.
Monday, a fifth woman came forward, alleging that Moore had sexually assaulted her in 1977, when she was a high school senior.
AL.com reported that Tina Johnson described in interviews an incident that allegedly occurred in the fall of 1991, when she was 28 years old.
Johnson was reportedly in a troubled marriage, headed for a divorce, and unemployed. She had gone into Moore’s office, along with her mother, Mary Katherine Cofield, in order to sign over custody of her 12-year-old son to her mother.
Johnson said Moore began flirting with her, which made her uncomfortable. “He kept commenting on my looks, telling me how pretty I was, how nice I looked,” recalled Johnson. “He was saying that my eyes were beautiful.”
Johnson had two young daughters at the time with her then-husband, and her son said he wanted to live with his grandmother.
At one point during the meeting, she said, Moore came around the desk and sat on the front of it, just inches from her. He was so close, she said, she could smell his breath.
According to Johnson, he asked questions about her young daughters, including what color eyes they had and if they were as pretty as she was. She said that made her feel uncomfortable, too.
Once the papers were signed, she and her mother got up to leave. After her mother walked through the door first, she said, Moore came up behind her.
It was at that point, she recalled, he grabbed her buttocks.
“He didn’t pinch it; he grabbed it,” said Johnson. She was so surprised she didn’t say anything. She didn’t tell her mother.
Al.com said Johnson reached out to them earlier this week, in order to share her experience. The news outlet looked up the court documents on the custody transfer from 1991, which is indeed signed by Roy S. Moore.
Johnson married her current husband, Morris Johnson, in 2010, and says she is working to improve her life. She is now disabled, attends church, and doesn’t follow politics. She said she does not know any of the five other women who have accused Moore, and has never spoken with him since that day in his office.
She admitted she has a troubled past, including writing bad checks and pleading guilty to third-degree theft over a family disagreement.
“I’m not perfect,” she said. “I have things in my background and I know (the public) will jump on anything, but (what happened with Moore) is still the truth, and the truth will stand when the world won’t.”
.@aldotcom reports on a 6th accuser: A Gadsden woman named Tina Johnson says Roy Moore groped her while she was in his law office on legal business with her mother in 1991. Moore was married at that time.https://t.co/6KqqqyAYlG
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 15, 2017
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