Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee in Georgia’s Senate race, stated this week a report that he paid for an abortion more than a decade ago was a “flat-out lie” and a “repugnant hatchet job.”
The former NFL running back’s denial came a couple of hours after a report that Walker in 2009 urged an unnamed former girlfriend to get an abortion after she became pregnant while they were dating. He also reportedly reimbursed her $700 for the procedure.
The report from The Daily Beast cited interviews with a woman who said she had a bank receipt showing Walker’s alleged payment, and a “get well” card that he reportedly sent her.
“This is a flat-out lie – and I deny this in the strongest possible terms,” Walker said in a statement posted on his verified Twitter account.
“Now, they’re using an anonymous source to further slander me,” Walker said. “They will do anything to hold onto power. It’s disgusting, gutter politics.”
In a statement on Twitter, Walker claimed he plans to sue the Daily Beast for what he said is a “defamatory lie” on Tuesday.
Soon after the report, one of Walker’s adult children went on social media to criticize his father.
“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.”
“I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability,” the younger Walker wrote in a second tweet. “But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you’re some ‘moral, Christian, upright man.’ You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other peoples lives. How dare you.”
Christian Walker’s mother, Cindy Grossman, was married to Herschel Walker for nearly 20 years, and has described physical abuse she suffered at the hands of Walker.
Minutes after Christian Walker’s tweets, Herschel Walker responded on Twitter that “I LOVE my son no matter what.”