The woman said that after seeing Walker deny her accusations and suggest that he did not know who she might be, she decided to speak up again and provide more evidence about their relationship. His comments came two weeks before the Georgia runoff between Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael J. Warnock called out.
“Hershel, I never thought that you would deny knowing me or our relationship,” he said at the news conference. “Are you really willing to do anything, including lying to the voters in Georgia, to become a senator?
“Do you dare to meet me in public?” added the woman, who was visibly emotional and tearful throughout the news conference. “Look me in the eyes and tell me to my face that you don’t know me and that none of what I say is true. I am waiting for your response.” The woman said she was willing to travel to Georgia to meet with Walker.
Walker’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The abortion allegation attracted a lot of attention because Walker campaigned as a staunch opponent of abortion, without exception. Last month, he softened his stance during a debate with Warnock, saying he agreed with Georgia’s restrictive abortion law. which allows, except for rape, marriage of relatives and saving the life of the mother. The law, which bans abortions at six weeks, was struck down last week by a Fulton County Superior Court judge. The state of Georgia is appealing the ruling.
“I’m done with this nonsense. I’ve already told people it’s a lie and I’m not going to entertain it,” Walker told reporters late last month about the second woman’s allegations. He added, “I also want you to know that I didn’t kill JFK either. .”
At Tuesday’s news conference, Allred and the woman shared audio recordings of Walker — one of an answering machine message and another of a phone call between the two. The woman read aloud a letter she said Walker had sent her parents and a letter she said she had sent to him, saying, “I’m sorry for putting you through all this.”
Allred also read aloud a signed declaration from a friend whom the accuser had confided in about getting pregnant by Walker.
In the affidavit, the friend said the woman initially said she had a miscarriage. But her friend thought it was a miscarriage because Walker, who was married to his first wife at the time, didn’t want her to continue with the pregnancy. The friend added that years later, the woman said Walker took her to the clinic for an abortion.
The Washington Post has not independently confirmed this claim.
The woman did not appear in person at the first news conference in Los Angeles, speaking via Zoom. A few days later, she revealed her face in an interview with ABC News. On Tuesday, she attended a press conference in person, but continued to refer to “Jane Doe” citing concerns for her safety.
She said she first made the decision last month after seeing Walker report the woman’s initial allegations that he had pressured her to have an abortion and paid her for it. She said, “I was going to take this to my grave,” but when she saw him say that he had never paid for an abortion, she knew he was lying.
Asked if she hopes sharing her story will influence her runoff, the woman said, “I think the voters of Georgia will decide who they want to represent them and who they believe. “
Walker has not paid for abortions in the past. The Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Georgia initially denied being the first woman to accuse him. The woman who produced the receipt from the abortion clinic and the check signed by Walker later came forward and said she was the mother of one of his children. The woman told The Washington Post that she had to force Walker to pay for the abortion she wanted. He has since admitted sending her money, but says he didn’t know it was for an abortion, as she claims.
Meanwhile, Georgia Honor, a group affiliated with the Senate Majority PAC, which includes Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) is united on Tuesday began airing new ads attacking Walker’s anti-abortion stance and the abortion allegations. One of the ads includes a clip from an interview in which the woman told ABC News that she “felt threatened and I thought I had no choice.”
A new poll commissioned by AARP and released Tuesday showed Warnock leading Walker 51 percent to 47 percent, within a 4.4 percent margin of error.
Walker was scheduled to meet Tuesday night in Powder Springs, Mass. with Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (RSC) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to hold a rally. Republicans have tried to boost Walker’s candidacy by citing the importance of the seat being flipped, even though Democrats already have control of the Senate with 50 seats and the votes of Vice President Harris if needed.
Democrats are vying to re-elect Warnock, who won the seat in a special runoff in 2021, increasing their majority to 51. The senator, who is looking to win a six-year term, has increasingly talked about bumping Walker against him. allegations of abortion.
“He wants abortion to be banned across the country. She says she does not support reproductive choice. He said absolutely, it’s a very strange position for him to be in,” Warnock said at a rally with Emory University students over the weekend. He paused as the crowd applauded and added, “Yeah, that’s what I said. .”