Moore accuser refuses to appear on ‘Hannity’
A woman who accused Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of inappropriate behavior is refusing to be interviewed by Sean Hannity.
Paula Cobia, an attorney for Gloria Thacker Deason, wrote in an email to a “Hannity” producer that her client would not appear on Hannity’s show. Cobia posted a copy of the email on her Facebook page, slamming the Fox News host’s coverage of sexual assault victims.
“The support of other women in particular is vital right now,” Cobia wrote on Facebook. “Women control the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama on December 12. Hopefully, all women—regardless of party affiliation—will band together and shout #NoMoreMoore. Because it is time. Long past time. #BelieveWomen.”
“Please tell Sean Hannity that I would never submit a survivor of abuse to the inevitable on-camera bullying and persecution by him,” Cobia wrote. “Mr. Hannity has belittled, defamed and engaged in an on-air intimidation campaign against the victims of Mr. Moore.”
In an email to The Hill, Cobia said that she stands by the email and that she and her client are “grateful for the massive outpouring of support” that they have received since Deason came forward with the allegations against Moore.
“Though we have received numerous threats to our safety, we will persist in telling the truth,” Cobia said in an email. “Abusers everywhere will never be able to count on the silence of their victims again. We won’t back down.”
Deason was one of the first women to accuse Moore of pursuing a romantic relationship with her. She told The Washington Post that she never had any sexual contact with him outside of kissing, but that he would bring bottles of wine to their dates when she was 18, under the legal drinking age.
Nine women have accused Moore of pursuing them when they were teenagers, including one who said Moore touched her sexually when she was 14 years old and he was 32.
Hannity has faced sharp criticism for his coverage of the Moore scandal, telling his viewers not to “rush to judgment” about the situation. Several companies pulled their advertisements from Hannity’s show in response.
Hannity eventually called for Moore to drop out of the race if he cannot provide a “satisfactory explanation” for the inconsistencies in his defense.
Cobia also criticized Moore’s appearance on Hannity’s show, calling it a “lazy, softball interview.”
“It is laughable to assume that Mr. Hannity is capable of conducting a fair and balanced interview,” Cobia wrote in the email. “He is merely seeking an opportunity to publicly attack and further defame Mr. Moore’s vulnerable victims. Well that’s not happening. Not on my watch.”
– This report was updated at 12:16 p.m. EST
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