Mainstream media has been reporting that Alabama Republican senate nominee Roy Moore was banned from a mall in the 1980s for soliciting teen girls, but the manager at the time has cast doubt on that claim.
According to a report from AL.com, Moore cruised the Gadsden Mall “like the kids did,” flirting with teen girls, witness Blake Usry said.
“It’s not a big secret in this town about Roy Moore,” Usry said, adding that he witnessed Moore flirting with young women.
Greg Legat, a mall employee at the time, said that a police officer named J.D. Thomas told them to watch out for Moore because he was “banned from the mall.”
“If you see Moore here, tell me. I’ll take care of him,” Legat said Officer Thomas told the employees.
“The general knowledge at the time when I moved here was that this guy is a lawyer cruising the mall for high-school dates,” a police officer who spoke with The New Yorker said.
“I was told by a girl who worked at the mall that he’d been run off from there, from a number of stores,” another officer said. “Maybe not legally banned, but run off.”
That is an important distinction because news outlets ran with the story that Moore was banned from the mall.
The former manager of the Gadsden Mall, Barnes Boyle, said he does not remember Moore being banned.
“It was part of the job, yeah, we did have written reports and things (on people banned,” Boyle, 86, who managed the mall from 1981 to 1998, told WBRC. “To my knowledge he was not banned from the mall.”
Moore has been under intense pressure to get out of the senate race as new accusers have continued to come forward.
But the candidate has fired back at all of them.
Moore also fired back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who also asked him to get out of the race.
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