Moore,” and a check mark indicating she had sent a thank-you card. We went out to eat at Catfish Cabin in Albertville.On a page titled “the best times,” she had written: “Wednesday night, 3-4-81. I had a great time.” She had underlined “great” twice.“Happy graduation Debbie,” it read in slanted cursive handwriting. I know that you’ll be a success in anything you do.Roy.” The inscription, Gibson said, was written by Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican nominee for U. Senate who in recent days has repeatedly denied the accounts of five women who told The Washington Post that he pursued them when they were teenagers and he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s.Then she heard what Moore said last week, she said, and contacted The Post.“He called me a liar,” said Gibson, who says she not only openly dated Moore when she was 17 but later joined him in passing out fliers during his campaign for circuit court judge in 1982 and exchanged Christmas cards with him over the years.(Jon Gerberg/The Washington Post) Then she found the scrapbook and the graduation card with the slanted, cursive handwriting, which she said immediately reminded her of another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, who had come forward after the Post article was published.In an emotional news conference with the attorney Gloria Allred, Nelson accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16, and produced what she said was her high school yearbook with an inscription to her from Moore.
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She said he kissed her by the swimming pool concession stand at a local country club, that he played his guitar and read his own poetry to her, and that things ended when she went off to college in another part of Alabama, though they still kept in touch.“I just couldn’t imagine him doing something like that,” Gibson said.“And then when I saw the interview from Beverly, and I saw his handwriting in her yearbook, my heart just sank.She says he handed it to her during her high school graduation ceremony in 1981.
Underneath is Gibson’s own note about what Moore meant to her at the time.
She and the other women have been accused by Moore’s surrogates of lying, or being paid to spread false stories, or being part of a larger political conspiracy to defeat Moore.