GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore speaks during a candidates' forum in Valley, Ala., on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. The former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is running in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
A woman who falsely told reporters from The Washington Post that embattled Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnated her when she was a teenager and then suggested she get an abortion was apparently part of a hoax by a conservative group, according to the Post.
The newspaper never published Jaime Phillips’ dramatic claims about a sexual relationship with Moore when she was 15 years old, after becoming suspicious about whether she was telling the truth.
Phillips apparently denied working with any group, but Post reporters caught her on Monday morning going into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization founded by James O’Keefe, and known for using false information and video recordings to target the media and liberal groups.
O’Keefe didn’t respond to Post reporter’s questions about the woman.
Post reporters found inconsistencies in the woman's story and an Internet post that raised doubts about her motivations.
Today, reporters saw her walking into Project Veritas, an organization that targets journalists in an effort to embarrass them. https://t.co/W05qDKlhl8
The Washington Post broke the news about multiple women accusing Moore of trying to date them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. He has denied the allegations and refused to end his campaign. Moore is running for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Wow - Looks like Project Veritas (that James O’Keefe thing) tried and failed to trick the Washington Post with a fake Roy Moore accuser… they caught on.. and published a story on the whole thing. https://t.co/rDud4w0CS9
Project Veritas tried to sell a "Moore made a girl get an abortion" tale to the WaPo. Without any supporting documentation. From a (fake) source whose back-story fell apart after minimal research. https://t.co/U3n5PgqaC9