Herschel Walker and former Ambassador Nikki Haley speak to the press during the Herschels Unite Georgia Bus Stop Rally at the Global Mall in Norcross, GA on Friday, September 9, 2022.
Demetrius Freeman | The Washington Post | Getty Images
A woman who accused Senate nominee Herschel Walker of paying for her abortion in 2009 revealed he was urging her to terminate a second pregnancy, the New York Times reported on Friday.
The woman, who was dating Walker at the time, told the newspaper their relationship ended after she refused to have the second abortion.
Walker, who is running to oust incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock on a staunchly anti-abortion platform, has denied paying for an abortion in 2009. This allegation was first reported on Monday by The Daily Beast in the last few weeks before the midterm elections on November 8.
Walker’s Republican campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the Times’ recent coverage, which indicated it was based on a series of interviews with the woman, which has remained anonymous.
Walker has denied knowing who the woman is, although both the Times and the Daily Beast reported that she is the mother of a son she had with Walker.
On the campaign trail, Walker has previously admitted to having more children than Christian Walker’s one grown son.
The anonymous woman, who accused Walker of pressuring her into multiple abortions, told the Times that Walker was barely involved in the life of her now 10-year-old son. The Daily Beast reported that Walker had previously confirmed that this woman was the mother of one of his children, although he apparently claimed she wasn’t when journalists asked him about it on Thursday.
The woman, identified as a Democrat, wants Georgia voters to know how Walker treated her, the Times reported.
She told the newspaper that her second pregnancy with Walker came two years after the first, when both agreed to an abortion. Walker again didn’t want her to go through with the pregnancy, she said, but this time she did. The relationship ended in September 2011, and the woman’s son was born the following May, the Times reported, citing a paternity suit.
Christian Walker, a conservative media personality, has lashed out at his father in a series of angry online posts after initial coverage of the alleged abortion payment. Christian also accused his father of being violent, careless and unfaithful to his family.
“Every member of Herschel Walker’s family 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 all his dirty laundry in public at the same time lying about it,” Christian Walker tweeted Monday night.
As a Senate candidate, Walker has called for a total ban on abortion, and he recently said he’s “always been a lifetime.”
CNN reported earlier Friday that Walker’s campaign had fired its political director, Taylor Crowe. Campaign spokesmen did not respond when asked by CNBC to confirm Crowe’s departure.
Meanwhile, top Republicans are sticking with Walker. Many of them have said they believe Walker’s denials, while some conservatives and allied organizations have condemned the reports simply as a politically motivated attempt to damage the Republican ticket in Georgia.
The Peach State election could determine which party controls the Senate, and poll averages show Walker and Warnock are in a close race.
“Herschel has rightly denied the allegations made against him, and I have no doubt that he is right,” former President Donald Trump, who has supported Walker, said in a statement Tuesday.