The woman who alleged Herschel Walker paid for her abortion more than a decade ago also says she is the mother of one of his children, the Daily Beast reported on Wednesdayan allegation that contradicts the Georgia Republican’s claim that he does not know his accuser.
The outlet said that when it published an article this week saying Walker urged a woman to have an abortion in 2009 after getting her pregnant, he agreed not to reveal his identity for security and privacy reasons. privacy.
But after Walker, who is challenging Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., for his seat, told Fox News Wednesday morning he didn’t know who the unnamed woman was and called the allegation an attempt by Democrats to hurt his campaign. , the woman told The Daily Beast that she was stunned by the comments.
“Of course I was stunned, but I guess it doesn’t shock me either, that there may be so many of us that he really doesn’t remember,” she told the media. “But again, if he really forgot it, that also means something.”
The woman said despite being a “good sport” about Walker’s campaign even after she denied the abortion claims, she could no longer hide the information from the public.
“I’ve been very courteous so far. I keep my mouth shut. I don’t cause any trouble. I stay behind. But I’m also not going to get squashed over and over again,” she told The Daily Beast. “It’s crazy.”
The Daily Beast reported that the woman is a registered Democrat who had a years-long relationship with Walker, which continued after her abortion. The woman declined to reveal her name because she is the mother of one of Walker’s children and wants to protect her family’s privacy as much as possible while revealing the truth, the outlet said.
In a statement shared with NBC News, Walker said, “There is no truth to this report or any other Daily Beast report.”
NBC News has not verified the woman’s claims or independently reviewed the documents and evidence that The Daily Beast says supports her story.
Asked Thursday morning in an interview with Tory talk show host Hugh Hewitt if he knows who the accuser is and if he needs to be forgiven for anything, Walker said: “If it’s was produced, I would have said so, for it is nothing to be ashamed of it.”
“You know, people have done this, but I don’t know,” he continued. “And if I did, I’d be honest and talk about it, but I don’t know.”
The outlet said it corroborated the details of the woman’s abortion accusation with a close friend who “she told at the time and who the woman and her friend said cared for her in the days following the intervention. He also released what the woman said was a ‘healing’ card signed by Walker and said she had provided both the receipt from the abortion clinic and a bank deposit showing an image of Walker’s check. reimbursing him for the cost of the procedure. Reached for comment at the time, Walker’s campaign pointed NBC News to his response on Twitter, where he denied the story and said he planned to sue the publication for defamation.
Shortly after the outlet reported that Walker paid for the woman’s abortion in 2009, her son christian walker expressed his outrage in a series of tweets in which he decried the GOP nominee as a bad father, a liar and a hypocrite.
“I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes responsibility. But how DARE YOU LIE and act like you’re a “moral, Christian, upright man.” You have lived a life of DESTROYING the lives of others. How dare you,” he said in one of the posts.
“All of Herschel Walker’s family asked him not to run for office because we all knew (some) of his background. Each one. He decided to give us the middle finger and air all his laundry dirty in public, while lying about it,” he added.
Earlier reports by The Daily Beast revealed that Walker also had three out-of-wedlock children, whom he did not publicly acknowledge during his campaign. Walker and his campaign later acknowledged that he had four children.
National Republicansincluding Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., the chairman of the Republican National Senate Committee, rushed to defend the GOP nominee by describing the Daily Beast report into the abortion allegations as a smear — but is stopped before detailing which parts of the report were false.
Walker is an outspoken opponent of abortion and is supported by former President Donald Trump. The controversy surrounding the recent allegations against Walker comes as abortion became a key issue for voters after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.