A Washington Examiner report posted late Tuesday night alleged that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore began dating his wife, then-Kayla Kisor, when she was still married to her former husband, John Charles Heald.
What was in the report?
The Examiner's report was crafted from an examination of court documents, as well as statements Moore made in the past.
According to the Examiner:
- Kayla and Heald separated on Dec. 1, 1984, according to records obtained by the Examiner.
- Moore and his wife met at a church-related event the week prior to Christmas in 1984. The Examiner cited Moore's 2005 book, "So Help Me God" as the source of this information.
- According to divorce records, Moore's wife filed for divorce from Heald on Dec. 28, 1984.
- Moore and his wife began dating shortly thereafter, "early in the new year," according to the Examiner.
- The divorce was finalized on April 19, 1985, the Examiner reported.
- Moore and his wife married in December 1985.
The report added, "That would lead readers to believe the pair began dating in late 1984 or early 1985, a period during which court records show his bride-to-be was still legally married to Heald and would be until the spring."
Did Moore respond to the report?
A spokesperson for Moore told the Examiner that questions about the early relationship between Moore and his wife were "really scraping the bottom of the barrel."
Campaign spokesman Brett Doster, in an email, added, "Regardless of when they met, Judge and Kayla did not date while she was still with her ex-husband or legally married."
Moore has been under critical fire since November, when allegations of sexual misconduct emerged.
Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in a special election on Tuesday for the Alabama Senate seat, which was previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.