The Australian has published an article in which Fox News host Roy Moore, a former Alabama state Supreme Court judge, has said of a young white woman who came forward to accuse him of sexually assaulting her when she was 14 years old: “If she is not a prostitute, I’d be a very disappointed man.”
Moore’s comments were first reported by the Washington Post.
Moore’s remarks were later removed from Fox News.
Fox News issued a statement to The Guardian denying the network’s report, saying the comments were “completely false and wrong.”
The Washington Post reported that Moore, who has since resigned from the state Supreme Council, had made similar comments in the past.
Fox has a history of promoting Moore, despite the allegations.
The network, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, has long promoted the conservative, anti-LGBT Alabama Supreme Court nominee and his supporters.
Moore has been accused of pursuing teenage girls in his personal life.
Fox also promoted Moore’s support of a law in the state, which banned same-sex marriage.
Moore, an outspoken evangelical Christian, has been widely supported by the Religious Right in Alabama and elsewhere, despite widespread opposition.
In December, the Alabama Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of the Alabama legislature’s ban on same-gender marriage.
He won re-election in 2018 with 56.3 percent of the vote.