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MONTGOMERY, Ala. —
The Roy Moore campaign issued a second statement Friday denying allegations in a Washington Post report that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in 1979.
Moore first responded to the statements Thursday, calling the allegations "completely false and a desperate political attack."
In Moore's second public response, he reiterates his initial statement by dismissing all accusations made by Leigh Corfman and other women.
"I strongly urge the Washington Post, and everyone involved, to tell the truth," Moore writes.
Moore corroborated his campaign's statements in an interview with Sean Hannity, saying he "hates" hearing the allegations because the incidents did not happen.
In the interview Moore also says his campaign found evidence of collusion through its own investigation.
Despite these reassurances from the Moore campaign, swift and major changes are happening in Alabama U.S. Senate race.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee just terminated its fundraising agreement with Moore.
A new AL.com poll conducted overnight by Opinion Savvy and Decision Desk HQ shows Democrat Doug Jones has pulled even with Moore. Each candidate garnered 46 percent of those surveyed.
The poll also shows more than 80% of the people questioned were aware of the allegations made against Moore.
Read Moore's second public response in its entirety below:
On Friday afternoon, Judge Roy Moore issued a statement responding to the Washington Post's baseless attacks on his character:
"Yesterday, I made a statement that the allegations described in a Washington Post article against me about sexual impropriety were false.
"It has been a tough 24 hours because my wife and I were blindsided by an article based on a lie supported by innuendo.
"It seems that in the political arena, to say that something is not true is simply not good enough.
"So let me be clear.
"I have never provided alcohol to minors, and I have never engaged in sexual misconduct. As a father of a daughter and a grandfather of five granddaughters, I condemn the actions of any man who engages in sexual misconduct not just against minors but against any woman.
"I also believe that any person who has been abused should feel the liberty to come forward and seek protection.
"I know that a lot of people wonder why this story was written. Why would women say these things if they are not true? I can’t fully answer that because as much as I have disagreed vehemently on political issues with many people over the years, I cannot understand the mentality of using such a dangerous lie to try to personally destroy someone.
"As a former Judge and administer of the law, I take the protection of our innocent as one of my most sacred callings. False allegations are gravely serious and will have a profound consequence on those who are truly harassed or molested.
"I strongly urge the Washington Post, and everyone involved, to tell the truth.
"That is all we can do, and I trust that the people of Alabama, who know my record after 40 years of public service, will vouch for my character and commitment to the rule of law."