Former NFL player Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee in Georgia's Senate race, vehemently denied a news report that he paid for an abortion over a decade ago.
Walker, a pro-life leaning conservative, said late Monday night that a story by The Daily Beast news outlet reporting he paid a woman for an abortion in 2009 was a "flat-out lie" and a "hatchet job." The news outlet cited a woman who requested anonymity and showed the outlet a $575 receipt from an abortion clinic, as well as an apparent get-well card from Walker with a signed personal check for $700 in it. USA TODAY did not separately verify The Daily Beast's report.
"This is a flat-out lie - and I deny this in the strongest possible terms," Walker said in a statement posted to Twitter. "This is another repugnant hatchet job from a democrat activist disguised as a reporter who has obsessively attacked my family and tried to tear me down since this race started. (The reporter has) harassed friends of mine, asking if I fathered their children. He's called my children 'secret' because I didn't want to use them as campaign props.
"Now, they're using an anonymous source to further slander me. They will do anything to hold onto power. It's disgusting, gutter politics."
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Walker is set to face off with Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in one of the country's most competitive Senate races. Walker has been endorsed by President Donald Trump and has regularly opposed abortion rights, supporting a national ban on abortions after 15 weeks and is not in favor of exceptions for rape or incest, noting there are "no exceptions in my mind."
Walker has four known children. He had his 19-year-old son, Christian, with his ex-wife, Cindy DeAngelis Grossman, whom he was married to from 1983 to 2002. Christian Walker asked his father to stop "lying" in a tweet shortly after The Daily Beast story surfaced.
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