Roy Moore started dating wife while she was still legally married

Divorce records show Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore may have dated his wife while she was still married to her first husband, according to a report.

Moore seems to have courted his wife, Kayla, during her divorce proceedings, contradicting past statements, the Washington Examiner found.

"That was always an assumption," someone familiar with Kayla Moore's first marriage told the newspaper.

The former Alabama chief justice met his future wife at a church event just before Christmas 1984.

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GALLANT, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Sassy and wife Kayla on Sundance ride their horses to the Gallant Fire Hall to vote in today's GOP runoff election September 26, 2017 in Gallant, Alabama. Moore is running against Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) to fill Jeff Session's seat. (Photo by Hal Yeager/Getty Images)
Republican Roy Moore, along with his wife Kayla, arrive at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. September 26, 2017, during the runoff election for the Republican nomination for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and his wife Kayla arrive at state Supreme Court in Montgomery, Alabama, November 13, 2003. Moore, whose refusal to obey a U.S. order to move a Ten Commandments monument fueled a national debate over the place of God in public life, was stripped of his office by a state judicial panel on Thursday. REUTERS/Bob Ealum BE/SV
Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) exits the Alabama Supreme Court chamber with his wife Kayla following the reading of the verdict of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary at the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Alabama, November 13, 2003. Moore, whose refusal to obey a U.S. order to move a Ten Commandments monument fueled a national debate over the place of God in public life, was stripped of his office by a state judicial panel on Thursday. REUTERS/Mickey Welsh /Advertiser/POOL MW/SV
Ex-Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka (L) campaigns for U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore, with his wife Kayla Moore (R), at the Historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
Judge Roy Moore's wife Kayla participates in the Mid-Alabama Republican Club's Veterans Day Program in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, U.S., November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
BIRMINGHAM, AL - NOVEMBER 16: Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore speaks as his wife Kayla Moore looks on during a news conference with supporters and faith leaders, November 16, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Moore refused to answer questions regarding sexual harassment allegations and pursuing relationships with underage women. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, AL - NOVEMBER 16: Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore and his wife Kayla Moore exit a news conference with supporters and faith leaders, November 16, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Moore refused to answer questions regarding sexual harassment allegations and pursuing relationships with underage women. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
MONTGOMERY, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore and his wife Kayla greet supporters at an election-night rally on September 26, 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama. Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court, defeated incumbent Luther Strange in a primary runoff election for the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Donald Trump. Moore will now face Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election in December. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
GALLANT, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and wife Kayla leave the Gallant Fire Hall after voting in today's GOP runoff election September 26, 2017 in Gallant, Alabama. Moore is running against Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) to fill Jeff Session's seat. (Photo by Hal Yeager/Getty Images)
MONTGOMERY, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore and his wife Kayla greet supporters at an election-night rally on September 26, 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama. Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court, defeated incumbent Luther Strange in a primary runoff election for the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Donald Trump. Moore will now face Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election in December. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
GALLANT, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, mother Evelyn Ridgeway (L), and wife Kayla (R) prepare to vote at the Gallant Fire Hall in today's GOP runoff election September 26, 2017 in Gallant, Alabama. Moore is running against Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) to fill Jeff Session's seat. (Photo by Hal Yeager/Getty Images)
Ex-Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka (L) applauds as he campaigns for U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore with his wife Kayla Moore (R) at the Historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Tami Chappell TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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"I was determined to get to know her, but Kayla, divorced and with a beautiful little girl, Heather, who was nearly a year old, was not interested in a relationship with anyone," he wrote in his 2005 memoir, "So Help Me God."

And his spokesman denied the couple was together before the ink on Kayla's divorce dried.

"Regardless of when they met, Judge and Kayla did not date while she was still with her ex-husband or legally married," Brett Doster, Moore's campaign spokesman, told the newspaper via email.

Records show Kayla Moore had just separated from then-husband John Charles Heald two weeks before she met Moore in December 1984.

She filed for divorce on Dec. 28, which was finalized roughly in April 1985, the Washington Examiner found.

Moore, in his book, said they started dating early on in 1985 after she went to his colleague's office. They'd dated "about a year" when they became engaged in mid-December 1985.

The timeline suggests they began dating while Kayla Moore was still legally married to Heald during the first few months of her courtship.

The person familiar with the first marriage told the Washington Examiner that Moore even got a puppy for her young daughter, Heather, for Valentine's Day 1985.

The differing accounts of when the dating began is the latest turn in the Republican's Senate bid to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Multiple women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct while he was in his 30s and they were as young as 14. Moore has denied these allegations, and his campaign has picked apart details of their accounts. Among the skepticism was his team's questioning an alleged signature Moore made in the high school yearbook of Beverly Young Nelson.

President Trump continued to back Moore with less than a week to go before the Dec. 12 election, arguing the firebrand conservative has denied the allegations.

"The President has said the following: The allegations are troubling. Roy Moore has denied them," Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway told CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday. "The President said they are 40 years old."

Doster, the Moore spokesman, said Kayla Moore had a "difficult marriage," before coming back to Alabama in 1984.

She'd wed Heald in June 1982, the Washington Examiner reported, and split by the end of 1986 over "cruel treatment during the marriage."

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