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    Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Alabama’s US Senate seat has become the latest victim of hard-hitting sexual scandals surrounding show-biz executives, actors and politicians after five middle-aged women accused him of having sexual relationships with them when they were between the ages of 14 and 18.

    Moore denied the accusations on Monday while addressing supporters in Etowah County, Alabama, where he still lives.

    “This is a witch hunt against a man who has had an impeccable career for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high character,” Moore’s campaign said in a statement.

    On Monday, Beverly Young Nelson, 55, said that during the late 1970s, Moore, then the district attorney of Etowah County, Alabama, sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old.

    The accusation came hard on the heels of similar allegations made by four other women that had earlier appeared in The Washington Post.

    According to the newspaper, Moore initiated sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 and with three other girls between the ages of 16 and 18.

    It appears that none of the four women mentioned in the Washington Post story had reported the incidents. In fact, one of the newspaper’s reporters heard about the sexual encounters Moore had allegedly sought with teenage girls when writing about supporters of Moore’s senatorial campaign.

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    Two Washington Post reporters then interviewed the four women. Although initially reluctant to speak out publicly, they eventually agreed to speak as they believe that people should know the truth about the would-be Senator.

    Meanwhile, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged Moore to wrap up his Senate campaign.

    However, there have been no signs that Moore is actually going to heed his fellow Republican’s advice.

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