A woman who says she had a years-long romantic relationship with Herschel Walker says the Republican candidate for the Georgia Senate pressured her to have an abortion in 1993, she revealed at a news conference Wednesday.
The woman, who has been called Jane Doe to protect her identity, attended the press conference with her lawyer, Gloria Allred, and read her statement. His voice was heard, but his face was not shown.
Doe said he decided to tell his story now to highlight what he said is Walker’s hypocrisy. “He has publicly taken a stance that he is pro-life and anti-abortion under any circumstances, when he actually pressured me to have an abortion and personally took me to the clinic and made sure it happened at his expense,” Doe said.
At a campaign event in Georgia before the press conference, Walker called the allegation “a lie.”
“I have already told people that this is a lie, and I will not be entertained, continue to carry the lie. And I also want to let you know that I did not kill JFK,” Walker said, adding that Democrats are doing and saying everything they can to win the Senate seat.
CNN has reached out to Walker’s campaign for additional comment.
“Herschel Walker is a hypocrite and unfit to be a US senator,” Doe said. “We don’t need people in the US Senate who claim one thing and do another. Herschel Walker says he’s against women getting abortions, but he pressured me to get one,” she said.
Doe said their romantic relationship began in 1987 when Walker was playing for the Dallas Cowboys. He said he traveled to see them as they were traded to the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles. He was married throughout their relationship, she said. Allred showed some of the personal cards that Walker had sent to Doe signed with the letter “H” to claim that Walker had never signed anything that way.
In April 1993, Doe said she became pregnant with Walker’s child. “After discussing the pregnancy with Herschel several times, he encouraged me to have an abortion and gave me money to do so. I went to a clinic in Dallas, but I couldn’t go on, I left the clinic in tears,” he said. She lost her temper and said Walker was angry.
“The next day he took me to the clinic and waited for me in the parking lot for hours until he came out,” she said. “I was shocked because I felt pressured to abort,” Doe said.
Doe said his motives are not political and that he is a registered Independent and voted for former President Donald Trump. “I don’t think Herschel is morally fit to be a U.S. senator and that’s why I’m speaking out and giving evidence,” he said.
The latest claims come at a crucial time in a race critical to both parties’ hopes of winning a majority in the Senate, which is now split 50-50. Most polls show Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who is running for a six-year term, with a modest lead over Walker with less than two weeks to go until Election Day and early voting in Georgia in his second week.
The allegations add a new layer to the ongoing controversy surrounding Walker, who has repeatedly defended a national ban on abortion without exceptions.
An ex-girlfriend has already accused Walker of encouraging her to have the procedure and then reimbursing him for the cost.
Walker has called the woman’s claim “an outright lie,” but the woman first submitted a copy of the check to pay for her abortion, which she admitted was her signature on the paper, though she said she didn’t know. what was the check for
The same woman also alleged that Walker requested a second abortion a year later, according to The New York Times.
She said she refused and is now the mother of a son who rarely sees his father. CNN has not independently confirmed the first lady’s allegations. He has remained anonymous in public reports.
Democrats have been mostly silent on the controversy, following Warnock’s cues. The incumbent has been wary of commenting directly on the story — in his remarks and their one-on-one discussion — or being seen to criticize Walker for inaccuracies, though, in broader terms, he has often said the Republican “has.” the problem with the truth.”
And in a sign of the race’s stakes and growing tensions, Warnock’s campaign recently aired an ad called “The Hypocrite,” with a narrator saying, “For you, Herschel Walker wants to ban abortion.” Walker and eventually a reporter from the first lady It described accusations of paying for abortions.
Asked about the allegations during the debate, on October 14, Walker again denied them and even suggested, without evidence, that political rivals were conspiring against him.
“I said it’s a lie and I’m not taking it back,” Walker said. “And we have Senator Warnock, people who would do anything and say anything for this seat. But I won’t back down.”
Top Republicans, meanwhile, have closed ranks around Walker. At the height of the controversy, Florida Senator Rick Scott, the party’s Senate campaign chairman, and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, a nationally known conservative, traveled to Georgia and joined Walker on the campaign trail.
This story has been updated with additional information.