Woman shares new justification of attribute with Roy Moore when she was 17

Debbie Wesson Gibson was in her integument hauling out boxes of Christmas decorations final week when she beheld a storage bin she pronounced she had lost about. Inside was a scrapbook from her comparison year of high school, and taped to a page patrician “Those Who Inspire” was a graduation card.

“Happy graduation Debbie,” it review in angled cursive handwriting. “I wanted to give we this label myself. we know that you’ll be a success in anything we do. Roy.”

The inscription, Gibson said, was created by Roy Moore, a Alabama Republican hopeful for U.S. Senate who in new days has regularly denied a accounts of 5 women who told The Washington Post that he followed them when they were teenagers and he was an partner district profession in his 30s. Since those allegations were published final month, 4 some-more women have come brazen to lay that Moore finished neglected passionate advances. The accounts in The Post included those of Leigh Corfman, who pronounced she was 14 when Moore overwhelmed her sexually, and Gibson, who pronounced that she publicly antiquated Moore when she was 17 and he was 34, a attribute she pronounced she “wore like a badge of honor” until she began reevaluating it in light of a accounts of other women, and now, Moore’s possess denials.

Shortly after a allegations initial surfaced, Moore pronounced in a radio talk with Sean Hannity that he did not know Corfman, yet that he remembered Gibson as good as Gloria Thacker Deason, who had told The Post that she antiquated Moore when she was 18. He called any one “a good girl,” and pronounced that he did not remember dating them.

But during dual debate events in new days, Moore has backtracked.

At a Nov. 27 debate eventuality in a north Alabama city of Henagar, Moore said, “The allegations are totally false. They are malicious. Specifically, we do not know any of these women.”

At a Nov. 29 convene during a church in a south Alabama city of Theodore, Moore said, “Let me state once again: we do not know any of these women, did not date any of these women and have not intent in any passionate bungle with anyone.”

Gibson pronounced that after anticipating a scrapbook, she was not certain either to make it open given a threats she perceived after announcement of a strange story. Then she listened what Moore pronounced final week, she said, and contacted The Post.

“He called me a liar,” pronounced Gibson, who says she not usually plainly antiquated Moore when she was 17 yet after assimilated him in flitting out fliers during his debate for circuit justice decider in 1982 and exchanged Christmas cards with him over a years. “Roy Moore finished an gross mistake to conflict that one thing — my integrity.”


A print of Debbie Wesson Gibson when she was a high propagandize senior, as seen in a scrapbook she kept during her comparison year during Etowah High School. (Jon Gerberg/The Washington Post)

The Moore debate did not respond to countless requests for criticism for this story.

Two of a other women named in The Post essay have also pushed behind in new days opposite Moore.

In an open minute to Moore published on a Alabama news site Al.com after Moore’s Nov. 27 speech, Corfman wrote that “I am finished being silent.”

“You sent out your orator to call me a liar. Day after day. Finally, final night, we did a unwashed work yourself .?.?.” she wrote. “What we did to me when we was 14-years aged should be sickening to each chairman of good morals. But now we are aggressive my probity and integrity. Where does your filth end?”

In a matter to The Post after Moore’s Nov. 29 speech, Paula Cobia, a counsel for Deason, recounted Deason’s clear memories of dating Moore, from specific restaurants she says they frequented, to a velvet-collared dress Deason says she wore when she says Moore took her to a amicable duty during a Ramada Inn.

“No matter what lies Roy Moore might select to tell now,” Cobia said, “the law was a initial thing out of his mouth when it came to remembering Gloria.”

Gibson, 54, now lives in Delray Beach, Fla., is a purebred Republican, and is a owner of a association that provides pointer denunciation interpretation. Though she pronounced a bulk of her work is in educational, medical and authorised settings, her clients have enclosed Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, and Republicans such as a mayor of Miami. She pronounced that notwithstanding requests from dozens of media outlets, she had “very delicately pronounced positively nothing” after her comment was initial published in The Post due to a fusillade of melancholy hatred mail she received, call her to forewarn her internal military department. She and a other women have been indicted by Moore’s surrogates of lying, or being paid to widespread fake stories, or being partial of a incomparable domestic swindling to better Moore.


Debbie Wesson Gibson shows what she says is a graduation label from Roy Moore. She says he handed it to her during her high propagandize graduation rite in 1981. Underneath is Gibson’s possess note about what Moore meant to her during a time. (Jon Gerberg/The Washington Post)

Then she found a scrapbook and a graduation label with a slanted, cursive handwriting, that she pronounced immediately reminded her of another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, who had come brazen after a Post story was published. In an romantic news discussion with a profession Gloria Allred, Nelson indicted Moore of intimately assaulting her when she was 16, and constructed what she pronounced was her high propagandize annual with an marker to her from Moore.

“I usually couldn’t suppose him doing something like that,” Gibson said. “And afterwards when we saw a talk from Beverly, and we saw his scratch in her yearbook, my heart usually sank. And when we saw what we knew to be Roy Moore’s handwriting, we usually began to moan openly.”


Beverly Young Nelson shows her high propagandize yearbook, and an marker she says was created by Roy Moore, during a news discussion on Nov. 13. (Richard Drew/AP)

Mark Songer, a former FBI debate investigator now with a organisation Robson Forensic, examined an picture of a graduation label during The Post’s ask and pronounced that it “appears to be naturally prepared.” Songer also compared an picture of a annual marker to a picture of a graduation label and pronounced that “the character of writing, as good as certain minute features, seem to be similar.” He stressed a need for a full and extensive scratch conference to arrive during a final conclusion.

Gibson pronounced she remembers Moore handing a label to her during a Etowah High School graduation rite in Attalla, Ala., where Gibson grew adult about 10 miles from Moore’s home. She remembers reading a marker and essay next it: “Roy Moore inspires me since he is such a successful male himself. Also, he is about a usually chairman we know of who severely believes in me. we conclude that. He’s got to be one of a nicest people we know.”

As she flipped by a scrapbook final week, Gibson said, she satisfied it contained other indications of her attribute with Moore, that she says began in Mar 1981, after he came to pronounce to her high propagandize civics class.

On a page patrician “commencement,” underneath “My possess guests,” she had created “Roy S. Moore,” usually above “mom” and “dad.”

On a page patrician “remembrances,” she had listed her graduation gifts line by line, including “$10, card” from “Roy S. Moore,” and a check symbol indicating she had sent a thank-you card.


Debbie Wesson Gibson points to an entrance in her high propagandize scrapbook, where she remarkable what she says was her initial date with Roy Moore. (Jon Gerberg/The Washington Post)

On a page patrician “the best times,” she had written: “Wednesday night, 3-4-81. Roy S. Moore and we went out for a initial time. We went out to eat during Catfish Cabin in Albertville. we had a good time.” She had underlined “great” twice.

The scrapbook also contained a print of Gibson as a high propagandize senior, and when she saw it, she said, she suspicion to herself, “That’s a age we was when we antiquated Roy Moore, since my braces were off.”

As Gibson formerly told The Post, she pronounced that she and Moore antiquated for a integrate of months. She pronounced he kissed her by a swimming pool benefaction mount during a internal nation club, that he played his guitar and review his possess communication to her, and that things finished when she went off to college in another partial of Alabama, yet they still kept in touch.

She pronounced she helped Moore when he was campaigning for circuit justice decider in 1982, and remembers tucking fliers underneath windshield wipers during a Kmart parking lot.

She pronounced that when she became engaged, Moore insisted on assembly her fiance to make certain he was “good adequate for me.” She pronounced when Moore was initial allocated as a circuit justice decider in 1992, she sent him a gavel engraved with his name and a congratulatory note, and that her family and his exchanged Christmas cards some years.

She pronounced that she hold Moore “in high esteem,” notwithstanding domestic differences with him, until she began conference stories from other women who purported that Moore followed them as teenagers. She pronounced that during initial she did not wish to trust a women.

“It takes what we suspicion was a really poetic partial of my past, and it colors it, and it changes it irrevocably,” she said. “It changes it permanently.”

What finished her preference to share a papers easier, she said, was examination and re-watching a video she has on her cellphone of Moore vocalization final week and determining that ancillary a women who have come brazen was some-more critical than staying silent.

“At 34 mins and 56 seconds into a video, he says, unequivocally, we did not know any of them,” Gibson said. “In that moment, it altered my perspective. we knew he was a liar.”

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