Debbie Wesson Gibson, who appeared in the original Washington Post story about accusations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, has presented new evidence to the Post that Moore and Gibson dated when she was 17 and Moore was 34.
She makes no allegations of sexual misconduct in that claim; their alleged relationship would not be in violation of Alabama law, then or now.
However, Gibson says she believes Leigh Corfman, who claims Moore undressed her and touched her when she was 14, and Beverly Young Nelson, who claims Moore violently sexually assaulted her when she was 16.
Gibson tells the Post when she was getting out Christmas decorations, she found a box that included a scrapbook from her senior year of high school. It included a card that reads "Happy graduation Debbie, I wanted to give you this card myself. I know that you'll be a success in anything you do. - Roy"
It also includes a page titled "the best times," which features an entry that says, "Wednesday night, 3-4-81, Roy S. Moore and I went out for the first time. We went out to eat at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. I had a great time." The word great is underlined twice.
Moore had initially admitted to knowing Gibson in a radio interview with Sean Hannity, but more recently, he has taken to saying at campaign events that he did not know any of the women.
Moore said from the pulpit of Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore, "Let me state once again, I do not know any of these women, did not date any of these women, and have not engaged in any sexual misconduct with anyone."
In a response to the Post article provided to WHNT News 19, a spokesperson for the campaign says, "The Washington Post is reaching. Roy Moore already said he knew Debbie Wesson and her family but did not recall any formal dates. Furthermore, when he stated that he did not know any of the women, he was referring to those who accused him of sexual assault."
Gibson claims that it was Moore's statements that he didn't know the women in question that pushed her over the edge. She told the Post, "He called me a liar . . . Roy Moore made an egregious mistake to attack that one thing -- my integrity."
The Moore campaign and the Post have differing accounts of Wesson's political background. As they are in direct dispute, WHNT News 19 is working to confirm which of the two is accurate.
Wesson says in an interview with the Post, "He did not perpetrate sexual misconduct toward me, nor have I ever claimed that. But I now know for sure that he is a liar."
As for the other allegations, Gibson says she was initially resistant to believe them. She specifically mentions her reaction to Nelson's claim of sexual assault, "I just couldn't imagine him doing something like that, and then when I saw the interview from Beverly and I saw the handwriting in her yearbook, my heart just sank. And when I saw what I knew to be Roy Moore's handwriting, I just began to sob openly."
In a video feature produced by the Post, Gibson says, "Leigh if you're watching, Beverly if you're watching -- I believe both of you."