Nov 9, 2017

Axios PM

1 big thing: Senate nominee accused of sexual assault

"Woman says [Alabama Republican Senate candidate] Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32," by the Washington Post's Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites.

The accusations, denied by Moore:

  • "Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore."
  • "Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her."
  • "I wanted it over with — I wanted out," she remembers thinking. "Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over." Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.
  • "On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear."

The fallout from Senate Republicans:

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Moore should drop out if the allegations prove true.
  • Sens. John McCain and Rob Portman didn't use such qualifications, saying Moore should exit the race.
  • Sen. Susan Collins: "If there is any truth at all to these horrific allegations, Roy Moore should immediately step aside as a Senate candidate."
  • Go deeper: It's too late to withdraw Roy Moore's name from the ballot.

Another shoe drops: 5 women accuse comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct in a new story this afternoon from the New York Times' Melena Ryzik, Cara Buckley and Jodi Kantornov.

Go deeper: We've updated our card deck with men accused of sexual misconduct.

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