The home of one of Alabama Republican Roy Moore’s accusers burned down this week in suspected arson — authorities say it’s not related to Moore.
The home of one of Alabama Republican Roy Moore’s accusers burned down this week, and an arson under investigation is underway.
Tina Johnson, who accused US Senate candidate Roy Moore of grabbing her in his office in the early 1990s, told local news outlet AL.com that her home in Gadsden, Alabama caught fire early Tuesday morning. “I am devastated, just devastated,” Johnson said on Friday. “We have just the clothes on our backs.” No one appears to have been harmed in the fire — Johnson and her husband were at work, and her grandson was at school.
Local authorities have confirmed that an investigation into the fire is underway and that investigators are speaking to a person of interest; they said they would release more details after obtaining warrants. Etowah County authorities do not believe it is at all related to Moore, who lost his bid to represent Alabama in the US Senate in December against Democrat Doug Jones, or the allegations against him.
Johnson was thrust into the spotlight late last year when she became one of multiple women to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore. She said that Moore groped her in his law office in 1991, telling the Today Show’s Megyn Kelly in November that the incident had “scarred me for life.” Moore denied all of the claims against him.
Here’s a look at what we do and don’t know about the fire at Johnson’s home.