Another woman accuses Herschel Walker of pressuring her to have an abortion
“I’m not a coward, but I am a realist,” said the woman. “And I choose to protect my identity to protect those I love. Herschel Walker is a hypocrite and unfit to be a US Senator.”
“We don’t need people in the US Senate who say one thing and do another,” she added.
As a candidate, Walker said he opposes abortion in all situations, with no exceptions for rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother. He said he would support a national ban on the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Allred showed cards, photos and receipts that she said supported her client’s story. She also played what she said was a voicemail from Walker to the woman while he was competing in the 1992 Winter Olympics that confirmed the relationship. The Washington Post has not independently confirmed these allegations.
Walker denied a previous claim by his ex-partner that he pressured her to have an abortion in 2009. On Wednesday, he denied the latest report during a campaign stop in Georgia.
“I’m done with this nonsense. I’ve already told people this is a lie and I’m not going to entertain it,” Walker said. “I also want you to know that I didn’t kill JFK either.”
The prosecutor said Walker’s Republican politics had nothing to do with her going public with her story.
“I am a registered independent and I voted for Donald Trump in both elections. I do not believe that Herschel is morally fit to be a US senator,” she said.
The woman said she was motivated to come forward after Walker tried to discredit another woman’s claim that he paid for her abortion during a recent Fox News interview.
Mother of one of Walker’s children said The Washington Post earlier this month that she repeatedly pressed the GOP candidate for money to pay for the 2009 abortion which he wanted her to have. The same woman said Walker pressured her to have another abortion when she became pregnant the second time, even though she chose to give birth to their son, who is now 10 years old.
Walker admitted to giving a $700 check to his then-partner in 2009, but in an interview continued to deny the woman’s claim that the money was given to pay for an abortion.
Walker is in a close race for Senate majority control with Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D), with polls showing the two candidates separated by just a few percentage points despite early reports about Walker that initially stirred the races.
Top Republicans sided with the candidate and made several campaign appearances with him. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R.C.), who has proposed a national abortion ban at 15 weeks, campaigned with Walker on Wednesday.
In her statement Wednesday, the woman said she met Walker in the 1980s and had a friendship with the former college football star for two years before they began a romantic relationship in November 1987. Walker was playing for the Dallas Cowboys at the time, and she lived nearby. He visited her several times a week, and she would go to home football games, she said. When traveling on tour, she said, she would often stay in the same hotel as Walker and the crew.
According to the woman, their relationship continued when he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings and later to the Philadelphia Eagles, and she even helped him choose his home in Minnesota.
“I was very loyal to Herschel and he gave me the impression that he was loyal to me,” she said. “He repeatedly told me how much he loved me – often in writing – and repeated that he wanted to end his marriage.”
“However, there was always some reason why he wasn’t quite ready for it,” she added.
According to the woman, it became increasingly clear that she and Walker would not continue to have the relationship she wanted when she became pregnant in early 1993 despite being on birth control. She said Walker was upset and pressured her to have an abortion – something she did not want to do.
Walker allegedly gave the woman money for an abortion, but when she arrived at the Dallas clinic, she said, she was overcome with emotion and decided she could not go ahead with the procedure. She left the clinic in tears.
Walker was upset and brought her back to the clinic the next day and waited until the abortion was complete, she said. He then drove her to the pharmacy to pick up her medication before taking her home.
“I was devastated because I felt I was being pressured to have an abortion,” she said. “After the abortion, I felt that Herschel began to distance himself from me. I left Dallas a few days after the abortion.”
The woman said the trauma of the experience kept her away from Dallas for more than 15 years. She called the relationship harmful.
“In retrospect, I know I was naive and Herschel took advantage of me,” she said. “I spent years of my life solely devoted to Herschel and gave up other opportunities just to be with him.”
The woman said in a statement that she had proof that Walker paid for her abortion and sent her a card signed with the letter H. Walker’s former partner, who had an abortion in 2009, said he sent her a card signed H after she had the procedure, but Walker was in told the air that he never signs cards with H. A woman who called Wednesday said that was an untrue statement and that he sent her multiple cards signed with H.
Allred said Walker’s actions were fundamentally inconsistent with the worldview he espoused during the campaign.
“Mr. Walker claims to be anti-abortion even though he paid for and pressured our client to have an abortion,” she said. “Despite trying to dress himself in Christian family values, he still had an affair with our client for six years.”
In response to the latest allegation, Rachel Petri, deputy campaign manager for Warnock, said in a statement: “We know Herschel Walker has a problem with the truth, a problem answering questions and a problem taking responsibility for his actions. Today’s new report is just the latest example of a troubling pattern we’ve seen play out time and time again. Herschel Walker should not represent Georgians in the US Senate.”
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