Jumat, 05 Januari 2018

Roy Moore accuser's home burns down in possible arson

The home of a woman who had accused Senate candidate Roy Moore of groping her burned down in a case that is being investigated as possible arson, local media reported Friday.

Tina Johnson, who said in November that Moore grabbed her rear end in his office in 1991, reported that her home in Gadsden, Alabama, had caught fire on Tuesday, according to The local fire department was able to put out the blaze but not before Johnson’s home and belongings were destroyed.

“I am devastated, just devastated,” Johnson told Friday morning. “We have just the clothes on our backs.”

Johnson, her husband and her grandson, who all lived in the house, were not home when the fire broke out, prompting their neighbors to dial it in.

Authorities say the fire is now being looked into as a potential case of arson.

“That fire is still under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force,” said Natalie Barton, a spokeswoman for the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department. “A suspect of interest is being spoken to. But there have been no charges, to my knowledge, related to the fire at this time.”

Moore, the Republican nominee in Alabama’s special election, was backed by President Donald Trump but lost the hotly contested race to Democrat Doug Jones last month. Jones was sworn in on Wednesday.

The Moore campaign became mired in controversy after several women came forward in November with allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual assault and molestation against the candidate, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Earlier this week Leigh Corfman, the woman who said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was in his 30s, said she was suing the former Senate candidate for what she said was defamation.

Corfman said Moore and his campaign subjected her to personal attacks since her allegation was published in an explosive Washington Post report that detailed his efforts to date several teenagers while serving as an assistant district attorney in Alabama.

Johnson was 28 when the alleged episode with Moore took place.

Moore has strongly denied the allegations.

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