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Roy Moore denies allegation of sexual encounter with teenager

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Corfman told The Post that Moore spent time alone with her. He drove her to his house and kissed her, she told the newspaper. On a second visit, he took off his outer clothes, as well as her shirt and pants, she told The Post. Moore touched her through her bra and underpants and "guided her hand to touch him over his underwear," according to The Post.

John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, who had endorsed Moore, called the report "deeply troubling and disturbing."

Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican who endorsed Moore's primary opponent Luther Strange, said, "That's a devastating story. I don't know anything about the facts or anything, but that's a nasty story."

Only Arizona Sen. John McCain was unequivocal in his statement that Moore should withdraw.

Moore won the Alabama GOP nomination to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat and is facing Democrat Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, in December.

Moore currently leads Jones by 6 percentage points, according to an average of statewide polls compiled by RealClearPolitics. Prior to Thursday's report, Jones was seen as an underdog in a state that gave Donald Trump 62.9 percent of the vote and hasn't sent a Democrat to the Senate since the 1990s.

In a brief statement, Jones's campaign said only that "Roy Moore needs to answer these serious charges."

"It'll be interesting to see if the Jones campaign can draw a strong contrast," said David Mowery, a Montgomery, Ala.-based political consultant who has worked with Democrats and Republicans. Mowery said that Jones should aggressively court female voters and hope that Republicans start to rescind their endorsements. But he said he doubted this would end Moore's campaign.

"Obviously it's a big deal, but I don't know right now that it's a death knell," he said.

Alabama law doesn't allow the removal of a name from a ballot so close to the election. But if Moore were to withdraw -- and there was no immediate indication he would -- state law says votes cast for him wouldn't be certified.

Moore is known outside Alabama mostly for being removed twice as chief justice of the state Supreme Court -- in 2003 for refusing to take down a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama judicial building, and in 2016 for telling state judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

He also has a history of controversial statements, including writing that Muslims like Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., shouldn't serve in Congress and that transgender people don't have rights.

(Holman reported from New York. With assistance from Erik Wasson.)

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