Roy Moore accuser's house fire under investigation for arson

Tina Johnson, who accused Senate candidate Roy Moore previous year of grabbing her in his office in the early 1990s, lost her home in a fire this week.

Johnson accused Moore of grabbing her buttocks in 1991 as she left his law office with her mother, who had hired Moore to handle a child custody dispute between Johnson and her then-husband.

Johnson's home on Lake Mary Louise Road in Gadsden, Alabama, burned down Tuesday in a fire now under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force, first reported. Firefighters rushed to the rural one-level house after a utility worker called 911 shortly after 8 a.m., but by the time they were able to quench the flames, Johnson's family home was all but collapsed.

It added the office is speaking to a person of interest in the blaze that took place on Wednesday and arrest warrants have not yet been obtained. "I want people to know that it's OK to finally say something", she told of her reasoning for going public with her story.

Johnson says she and her family were not injured but got out only with the clothes on their backs, and are having a hard time finding a rental home.

Johnson is among the women who publicly accused Moore of sexual misconduct. Johnson was 28 at the time of the alleged incident. Moore has denied the allegations.

On Thursday, another Moore accuser filed a lawsuit against him.

Moore, the conservative Christian Republican whose campaign was tainted by accusations that he pursued teenaged girls while in his 30s, was defeated in Alabama's special election for the U.S. Senate last month.

"I was so humiliated and sickened", she said.

  • Rogelio Becker