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Herschel Walker denies abortion claim in Georgia Senate race

Former college football star and current senatorial candidate Herschel Walker speaks at a rally, as former US President Donald Trump applauds, in Perry, Georgia, US September 25, 2021.

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Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee for a Senate seat from Georgia who has called for a ban on abortion, was accused in a new report Monday night of paying for a woman’s abortion in 2009.

Walker adamantly denied the claim detailed in a Daily Beast articlecalling it a “flat-out lie,” and vowed to sue the news outlet.

“It’s disgusting, gutter politics,” said the former college and pro football star, whose race is being closely watched because of the chance it could help Republicans regain majority control of the Senate.

But shortly after the online publication of that story, Walker’s adult son blasted him in a series of tweets, accusing him of violence and hypocrisy.

“I know my mom and I would really appreciate if my father Herschel Walker stopped lying and making a mockery of us,” Christian Walker tweeted.

“You’re not a ‘family man’ when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence.”

In another tweet Monday night, Christian wrote, “Every family member of Herschel Walker asked him not to run for office, because we all knew (some of) his past. Every single one. He decided to give us the middle finger and air out all of his dirty laundry in public, while simultaneously lying about it.”

Christian’s mother Cindy Grossman, Herschel Walker’s ex-wife, told CNN in 2008 that he had threatened to kill her.

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“The first time I held the gun to my head … I held the gun to my temple and said he was going to blow my brains out,” Grossman said in that interview.

The double punch to Walker’s candidacy on Monday evening comes a month before the midterm elections, where he is seeking to unseat Sen. Raphael Warnock, to Democrat.

Warnock and Sen. Jon Ossoff won Georgia’s two Senate seats in election run-offs in early 2021, giving Democrats majority control of the Senate.

Walker’s candidacy has been backed by former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as part of an effort by Republicans to regain majority control.

The Daily Beast’s article quoted an unidentified woman who said she became pregnant by Walker when they were dating in 2009, at a time when he was not married, and that he “urged her to get an abortion.”

“She supported these claims with a $575 receipt from the abortion clinic, a ‘get well’ card from Walker, and a bank deposit receipt that included an image of a signed $700 personal check from Walker,” the Daily Beast reported.

The woman requested anonymity because of privacy concerns, according to the outlet, which said it corroborated details of her account with a friend whom she said accompanied her to the procedure.

The outlet reported that the woman said she was telling her story because of Walker’s public stance as a GOP candidate on abortion, which he claims to oppose with no exceptions for rape or incest.

“I just can’t with the hypocrisy anymore,” she was quoted by the Daily Beast as saying. “We all deserve better.”

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CNBC has not independently verified the woman’s account. CNBC has requested comment from Walker’s lawyer.

In a statement on Twitter denying the woman’s allegation, Walker wrote, “This is a flat-out lie — and I deny this in the strongest possible terms.”

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He accused Daily Beast reporter Roger Sollenberger of being a “democrat activist disguised as a reporter who has obsessively attacked my family and tried to tear me down since this race started.”

Sollenberger in June broke the news that Walker had three other children with different women besides Christian, who at that point was his only publicly known son. One of the children was a 10-year-old boy that Walker has not played an active role in raising, the Daily Beast reported in June.

Walker, who is Black, has been critical of African-American absentee fathers.

“I’m not taking this anymore,” Walker wrote in his statement Monday. “I plan [sic] to sue the Daily Beast for this defamatory lie. It will be filed tomorrow morning.”

Walker appeared Monday night on Fox News for an interview with Sean Hannity, who asked him about the reported $700 payment to the woman who spoke to the Daily Beast.

“I send money to a lot of people,” Walker replied. “I never asked anyone to get an abortion, I never paid for an abortion.”

Daily Beast Political Editor Matt Fuller replied on Twitter, writing, “I can tell you we stand behind every word and feel very solid about the story.”

Christian Walker, in one of his tweets posted on the heels of the Daily Beast story, wrote about his father: “I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you ‘re some ‘moral, Christian, upright man.’ You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other people’s lives.

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Herschel Walker then tweeted, “I LOVE my son no matter what.”

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