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Roy Moore, Still Fighting for His Name, to File Second Lawsuit in Alabama

Failed Alabama GOP Senate candidate previously filed suit against three women who accused him of sexual misconduct

Former GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore speaks during a candidates’ forum in Valley, Ala., in August 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Roy Moore appears to subscribe to the legal orthodoxy that the best defense is a good offense.

The failed Alabama GOP Senate candidate is holding a Thursday press conference in Gadsden, Alabama, to announce a second lawsuit fighting back against allegations from multiple women that he courted and made sexual contact with teenage girls, including one who was 14 at the time, when he was a district attorney in his 30s in the 1970s and 1980s.

Moore’s new lawsuit will name “different defendants regarding false allegations made against him during the special election for U.S. Senate” in December, his legal team announced in a press release Wednesday.

Moore, 71, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, held a similar press conference in April to announce his first lawsuit against three of his sexual misconduct accusers and others for perpetrating a “political conspiracy” to undermine his Senate campaign.

The conference is scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. Central time in the Etowah County Commission chambers.

The press release announced no further details on the nature of the suit.

The controversy over his alleged penchant for dating underage girls in the 1970s ultimately torpedoed Moore’s Senate campaign, experts concluded.

Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore, 50 percent to 48 percent, in the Dec. 12 special election, reducing the Republican majority in the Senate to just one seat.

But Moore has continued to deny any wrongdoing, even claiming that he does not recall ever meeting any of his accusers after initially acknowledging knowing some of them.

“I never knew them,” Moore said in April.

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