Arson investigation after fire at Alabama home of Roy Moore accuser

Posted at 2:48 PM, Jan 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-06 16:51:46-05

Alabama authorities say arson is being investigated in a fire that destroyed the home of Tina Johnson, a woman who accused former US Senate candidate Roy Moore of grabbing her on the buttocks in 1991.

No arrests have been made, and there appears to be no connection to the allegations against Moore, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

“The ongoing investigation does not lead us to believe that the fire is in any way related to Roy Moore or allegations made against him,” the release said. Johnson told CNN she lost everything in the Wednesday fire at a Gadsden home where she lived for 10 years.

Johnson said she and her mother visited Moore’s Gadsden law office in 1991 to discuss a custody dispute over the care of Johnson’s young son. Johnson said she was 28 at the time.

After the mother left the room, “He just grabbed me from behind, on my buttocks,” Johnson said. “It’s not just a squeeze.”

Johnson was among eight women who came forward to say Moore acted inappropriately with them, with four saying he pursued them while they were teenagers and he was an adult.

Moore has denied all the accusations.

The Republican ran for the US Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now the US attorney general. Moore lost a runoff last month to Doug Jones, a Democrat.