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Mitch McConnell urged Roy Moore to 'step aside' with a new accuser set to speak today

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Updated November 13, 2017 11:46 AM EST

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday said that Roy Moore should "step aside" following allegations of sexual misconduct against the Alabama Republican Senate candidate.

"I believe the women," he told reporters in Louisville, Kentucky when asked if he believes the allegations against Moore are true.

WIAT on Monday reported that a new accuser who alleges that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a minor will speak out in a press conference that afternoon.

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Attorney Gloria Allred will represent the woman, according to a release from the lawyer's office, which added that the woman wants to state what she alleges Moore did without her consent.

Monday's press conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. local time at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York City.

The Washington Post reported last week that four women say Moore initiated sexual contact with them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.

Leigh Corfman, 53, most notably claimed that Moore sexually advanced upon her in Alabama when she was 14 and he was 32.

The allegations have thrown Alabama's Senate race between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones in turmoil ahead of a scheduled Dec. 12 special election.

Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore says that he will sue The Washington Post over its reporting on sexual misconduct accusations against him.

“About three days ago, The Washington Post published another attack on my character and reputation in a desperate attempt to stop my political campaign,” he said late Sunday, according to AL.com.

“These attacks about a minor child are completely false and untrue,” Moore continued in Huntsville, Alabama. “And for which they will be sued.”

“We do not intend to let the Democrats, we do not intend to let the established Republicans, we do not intend to let anybody deter us from finishing this race.”

Moore additionally characterized The Post’s explosive report last week about his past behavior a distraction from the issues facing America.

“This article is a prime example of fake news, designed to divert attention from the true issues facing our country like health care, military readiness, immigration and raising the national debt,” he said.

The Post reported last week that an Alabama woman claims Moore initiated sexual contact with her in 1979 when she was 14 and he was 32.

Leigh Corfman, 53, accused Moore of touching her over her bra and underpants at the time but added they never engaged in sexual intercourse.

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The Post also reported that three other women allege that Moore tried courting them during the same time period while they were between 16 and 18.

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Moore has fiercely denied the allegations, which have roiled the race for a Senate seat representing Alabama ahead of the state’s Dec. 12 special election.

Multiple top Republican lawmakers have since said that Moore should step aside if the accounts The Post reported on are true.

Moore is competing against Democrat Doug Jones for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions after President Trump made him attorney general earlier this year.

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