First daughter Ivanka Trump has some harsh words for Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore.
“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children," she told The Associated Press on Nov. 15, when asked to comment on the sexual misconduct allegations against Moore, reports The Daily Beast.
Moore has been accused of initiating sexual contact with teenaged girls when he was in his 30s.
“I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts,” Ivanka added.
However, she stopped short of calling for Moore to withdraw from the race, and her father, President Donald Trump, has not commented publicly on Moore.
The allegations against Moore were first published in a Nov. 9 investigation by The Washington Post.
Leigh Corfman accused Moore of molesting her in 1979, when she was 14 and he was 32 and working as an assistant district attorney.
After initially meeting her outside of a courthouse, Corfman said he convinced her to accompany him to his house, where he allegedly fondled her. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over," she remembered thinking at the time, as she explained to The Post.
In addition to Corfman, three other women interviewed by The Post also accused Moore of pursuing them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.
Wendy Miller said she was 14 and working in a mall as a Santa’s helper when Moore repeatedly asked her out for a date.
Debbie Wesson Gibson said she was 17 when Moore took her out on several dates.
Gloria Thacker Deason says she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore began taking her on dates in which he supplied her with cheap wine.
Moore, 70, denied the accusations in a written statement. “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign." He called it "garbage" and said that it "is the very definition of fake news."
On Nov. 13, four days after the story broke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Moore to withdraw from the race.
"I believe the women," McConnell said.
Since The Post's report, a fifth woman has come forward with charges of sexual misconduct against Moore, reports Democracy Now!.
Beverly Young Nelson says Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16, and he offered to drive her home from her waitressing job:
I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was going to rape me. I was twisting, and I was struggling, and I was begging him to stop. I had tears running down my face. At some point -- at some point, he gave up. And he then looked at me, and he told me, he said, "You’re just a child." And he said, "I am the district attorney of Etowah County. And if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you."
Moore's rise to fame in Alabama politics began upon becoming a circuit court judge in 1992, when he became something of a conservative folk hero for hanging a wooden Ten Commandments plaque in his courtroom.
In 2000, when he was chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, he furthered his reputation by installing a 5,280-pound granite Ten Commandments monument in the judicial building.
In 2003, he ironically became known nationally as "The Ten Commandments Judge" after he was dismissed from the bench for ignoring a federal court order to remove the monument.
In 2012, he was again elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, but was again removed from the bench after illegally instructing probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Sources: The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, Democracy Now! / Featured Image: Marc Nozell/Flickr / Embedded Images: Leigh Corfman and Wendy Miller via The Washington Post