CNN reporter Gary Tuchman interviewed a former mall employee who corroborated an embarrassing story that said Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore had been banned at the mall for approaching young females.
Here's the CNN interview with Greg Legat:
Here's what he said in the interview:
"Roy Moore is beloved here in his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama, and in the state of Alabama, but not by everybody," Tuchman reported.
"Today, numerous people pulled us over," he continued, "Democrats and Republicans, to tell us about their claims of things they saw or things they heard about Moore's behavior with teenage girls before he got married in 1985. Now we can tell you that most of those people do not want to go on camera. They're afraid to go on camera, but one man did with a related story."
"He worked at the Gadsden Mall," he explained, "a local mall here, in a music store between 1981 and 1985. He says that when he was hired he was told that the mall had a list of people banned from the mall. If he saw any of those people on the unoffical list, he was to report it. People on that list included pickpockets and other kinds of criminals, and also included a certain assistant district attorney."
"We talked about other people," said Greg Legat, the former mall employee, "and then somebody said, 'Don't forget about Roy Moore.' And I asked, 'What about Roy Moore?' and uh, they said, 'Well he's banned from the mall.'"
"I said why is he banned," he continued, "and the police officer wouldn't tell me, he said, 'If you see him, let me know I'll take care of him.'"
"So what did you eventually learn as to the reason why he was banned from the mall?" Tuchman asked.
"I was told that he was bothering girls in the mall," Legat answered.
"In what way?" Tuchman pressed.
"I don't know exactly," he responded. "That he was approaching them and talking to them."
He clarified to say that he meant teenage girls.
"I don't know anything about any behavior towards any women," he said later in the interview. "All I know is my experience in the mall with him at that time. And that's the truth. I don't have any axe to grind against Roy Moore. You asked me, I told you."
Why is this important?
Legat is confirming the story that shows Moore might have had a history of seeking out young women to the point where a mall had to ban him. If the claim is true, it would bolster accusations that he had improper sexual interactions with underage women.