Dating a legally separated woman
There are apparent contradictions between Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's account of his relationship with his wife Kayla and information contained in public records.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's account of when he began dating his wife Kayla would place the start of their courtship before her divorce from her first husband, according to court documents.
‘That’s not a part of my life now or who I am,’ she says.The same records show Kayla filed for divorce at a courthouse in Floyd County, Ga., on Dec. The divorce was finalized nearly four months later on April 19, and a permanent custody judgment was issued on Jan. By Moore’s account, he and Kayla began dating “soon after” she visited the law office of his colleague “early in the new year” of 1985.They dated for “about a year,” he claimed, before becoming engaged and then married on Dec. That would lead readers to believe the pair began dating in late 1984 or early 1985, a period during which court records show his bride-to-be was still legally married to Heald and would be until the spring.The overall discrepancy is what prompted the to contact Moore’s campaign, a request his spokesman characterized as “really scraping the bottom of the barrel.” Moore’s campaign, however, has been eager to discredit his accusers based on alleged inconsistencies in marginal details of their accounts, down to the location of a dumpster at the Old Hickory House restaurant, outside of which a former waitress claims she was sexually assaulted by Moore.
The campaign and its close allies have also questioned whether there was a phone installed in the bedroom of one of his accusers; whether a yearbook signature that appears to belong to Moore was doctored; and whether a woman, who claims she was 14 years old when Moore initiated sexual contact with her, was capable of walking one mile to a location where he once picked her up.Two-and-a-half years after they exchanged vows, Kayla filed for divorce, citing “cruel treatment during the marriage” in the complaint.