US senators are officially on notice over sexual harassment

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:05:30 AM. The Weinstein scandal has triggered a tsunami of allegations across industries in the US. Now the Senate is facing its own problems, writes Sara James.
Photo: Judge Roy Moore, a deeply conservative former chief justice, is facing sexual assault allegations. (AP: Brynn Anderson) It was supposed to be a sure thing. Alabama is the heart of the "Magnolia South", crimson red Trump country. A state that hasn't sent a Democrat to the US Senate in more than 20 years. But following The Washington Post's report that Republican candidate Roy Moore allegedly had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s, Democrat Doug Jones has shot ahead in the Senate race to replace US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions. Judge Moore told Sean Hannity of Fox News: "These allegations are completely false, false and misleading." Asked later in the interview if he would have dated women as young as 17 as a 32-year-old man, he said: "Not generally, no." On NBC's Meet the Press in Sunday, Republican senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, said: "I have to say, I think the accusations have more credibility than the denial. I think it would be best if Roy would just step aside." A growing number of Republicans agree, including Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who've called Judge Moore "unfit for office". But Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon said: "Until I see additional evidence on Judge Moore, I'm standing with him." And Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart of Virginia says: "They didn't prove it but you're presumed guilty? That's not right." Judge Moore, a conservative Christian with a...Read more
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