By Gregory Krieg | CNN
The woman, who said Georgia Senate hopeful Herschel Walker paid for her abortion in 2009, sparking a controversy that rocked his campaign, told the New York Times that the Republican nominee asked her to do so two years later terminate a second pregnancy.
She declined the request and their relationship ended, she told the Times, which said she withheld the woman’s name. Walker was unmarried at the time. Her son, she said, is now 10 years old.
Walker, who said in May he supports a total abortion ban without exception, has disputed an earlier report by The Daily Beast in which the woman initially claimed the former soccer star reimbursed her for an abortion she requested at his urging .
Speaking to the Times, the woman said she decided to come up with new details about her relationship with Walker after his Republican allies rallied around him after the initial report.
The Times said interviews she conducted with the woman and documents provided to the newspaper “together confirm and expand on an account of her abortion first published in The Daily Beast on Monday. The Times also independently confirmed details with custody documents filed with family court in New York and interviewed a friend of the woman to whom she described the abortion and her eventual separation from Mr. Walker at the time these events took place.”
CNN has not independently corroborated the woman’s claims about the abortion or that Walker pressured her to terminate a second pregnancy.
CNN has reached out to the Walker campaign for comment. The Times left messages with Walker’s spokesman and campaign manager on Friday afternoon.
Walker vehemently denied the Daily Beast’s first report of abortion payment in the “strongest terms,” saying it was a “blatant lie.”
The Georgia race between Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is among the most competitive Senate contests on the 2022 midterm list and could be instrumental in deciding control of the evenly divided chamber. Walker, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, won the GOP nomination in May despite concerns from some Republicans over previous allegations that he had threatened women with violence. Walker has denied at least one of those allegations, and has spoken and written publicly about his struggles with mental illness.
With the stakes so high, Republican groups have vowed not to let Walker down, even as the scandal rocked his campaign. Campaign manager Scott Paradise, contacting staff earlier this week, acknowledged the initial Daily Beast report was a setback but pointed to Trump’s victory in 2016 – despite initial backlash over the Access Hollywood’s publication -Bands in which he spoke rudely about groping women — as evidence that Walker remained a viable candidate.
Warnock has largely declined to comment on the allegation, dodging a question about its implications earlier this week.
“I’ll let the pundits decide how they think this will affect the race,” the senator said, before moving on to his broader abortion rights message. “But I was consistent in my view that a patient’s room is too narrow and cramped for a woman, her doctor and the government. … And my opponent, on the other hand, speaks of a nationwide ban without exceptions.”
The Times, as well as The Daily Beast, reported that Walker gave the woman a $700 check for the procedure, which took place at a clinic in Atlanta. Walker also sent the woman a “health card” afterwards, according to both outlets.
Earlier Friday, Walker’s campaign parted ways with its political director, Taylor Crowe, over suspicions he was leaking information to the media, two people familiar with the matter told CNN. Crowe did not respond to multiple requests for comment from CNN. It’s unclear if other factors played a role or if the move had any connection to the abortion allegations.
Though Walker’s campaign otherwise remains intact and his support from national Republicans remains, one of his own sons, Christian Walker, 23, a conservative social media influencer, has turned against him.
“Every member of Herschel Walker’s family asked him not to run for office because we all knew (a bit of) his past. Every single one. He decided to give us the middle finger and air all his dirty laundry in public while lying about it at the same time,” Christian Walker tweeted shortly after the publication of Monday’s Daily Beast report, the first in a series of posts in which he denounced his father. “I’m done.”
Walker has dismissed those criticisms, saying at a news conference by his adult son on Thursday: “He’s a great little man. I love him to death. And guess what, I’ll always love him no matter what my son says.”
Christian Walker has not responded to an email and social media messages from CNN asking for comment on his criticism of his father.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/10/07/walker-accuser-says-he-asked-to-get-her-to-have-2nd-abortion/ Walker’s accuser says he asked her for a second abortion