A woman who spoke to AL.com on Wednesday claims that she was groped by Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in 1991. Tina Johnson is the sixth woman to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct in the last week, as the former judge has been accused of courting three teenagers and sexually assaulting two minors when he was in his 30s.
Johnson's account of her encounter with Moore is the first accusation against him that does not involve a teenager. Johnson told AL.com that she was 28 years old when Moore grabbed her rear-end and asked if her young daughters were as pretty as she was. "He didn't pinch it; he grabbed it," Johnson said. Moore was married at the time of the alleged assault.
Another woman, Kelly Harrison Thorp, told AL.com that she was a 17-year-old high school senior when she met Moore in 1982, at the Red Lobster where she worked. Thorp said that Moore asked her out on a date and when she asked in response if he knew how old she was, he replied, "Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time."
Moore has denied the allegations of sexual assault. By way of additional defense, he told Fox News' Sean Hannity in an interview last Friday that he never dated girls without permission from their mothers.
Just before AL.com published its story, lawyers for Moore tried to cast doubt on the allegations leveled by Beverly Young Nelson on Monday. Nelson accused Moore of sexually assaulting her in a locked car when she was 16 and submitted her high school yearbook as evidence of Moore's flirtation with her, showing a fawning note written and signed by Moore. Moore's lawyers claimed Wednesday that the signature was forged.