Debbie Wesson Gibson, one of the women who claimed that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore pursued a romantic relationship with her in the late 1970s, has provided the Washington Post with evidence that she says backs up her claims.
What did Gibson originally say about Moore?
In the original Washington Post article, Gibson alleged that she met Moore when she was 17 and he came to give a speech to her high school civics class in 1981. Moore was 34 at the time.
According to Gibson, Moore asked her out, and she asked her mother for permission to date him, which her mother granted. Gibson claims that she dated Moore for “two or three months,” and that their relationship did not progress beyond kissing.
What did Moore say about Gibson’s claims?
In an interview with talk radio personality Sean Hannity after the Washington Post’s story originally broke, Moore initially acknowledged that he knew Gibson (although he knew her by her maiden name, Wesson), but not that he specifically remembered dating her.
In recent days, he has denied having known any of his accusers, saying, “I do not know any of these women” and “I did not date any of these women.”
What is Gibson’s evidence?
Gibson told the Washington Post that she was going through her attic looking for Christmas decorations last week when she came across a scrapbook that included a card allegedly given to her by Moore at her graduation ceremony. The card 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.”
Gibson claims that when she saw the card, the handwriting immediately reminded her of the handwriting in the yearbook inscription Moore allegedly wrote in the high school yearbook of Beverly Young Nelson, who has accused Moore of attempting to force her to perform oral sex on him when she was in high school.
Moore has denied Nelson’s allegations and his campaign has publicly demanded that Nelson make her yearbook available for public inspection by a handwriting expert.
According to the Washington Post, a former FBI forensic examiner reviewed the card provided by Gibson and stated that it “appears to be naturally prepared,” meaning that the age of the card and inscription appear consistent with a card of its claimed age, rather than a recent fabrication.
Others have noted the obvious similarity between the two inscriptions:
This new @mccrummenWaPo story is devastating to Roy Moore's main defense: that the signature on Beverly Nelson's yearbook is fake. Compare it to this not to Debbie Gibson. https://t.co/cLLu9jP3Xz pic.twitter.com/ddCtdFIvnP
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 4, 2017
While not willing to offer a conclusive opinion that the handwriting on the card matches Nelson’s yearbook inscription, the expert noted that “the style of writing, as well as certain letter features, appear to be similar,” according to the Washington Post.