Fox News host Sean Hannity defended Roy Moore on Thursday after several women claimed that Moore pursued sexual relationships with them while he was in is 30's and they were between the ages of 14 and 18.
"It's he said, she [said]," Hannity said.
Hannity was speaking with Lynda McLaughlin on his radio program, "The Sean Hannity Show." Hannity opened the show by putting forward conspiracy theories over the allegations against Moore: "Now you've got the swamp, you've got the sewer, you've got the establishment — they hate Roy Moore."
Hannity also said, "there are false allegations" of sexual misconduct made, especially at big corporations with money.
"How do you possibly tell, know the truth, except — Okay, so, the two other girls were older in this case. He was apparently, like, 32, and he dated — one girl was 18, one girl was 17." Hannity said. "There was no sexual — there was kissing involved, and then they're saying this one encounter with a 14-year-old."
Hannity also responded to McLaughlin's comments calling the acts between the alleged acts between the 17- and 18-year-old girls and Moore "consensual."
"Consensual, that's true," Hannity said.
The allegations against Moore were first published by the Washington Post and include accounts from four women, who at the time of the alleged incidents were between the ages of 14 to 18. They said Moore took them on dates and invited them to his home in the woods. One of the woman, Leigh Corfman who was 14 at the time, said the former judge took her to his residence and initiated sexual contact.
Moore has denied the allegation, calling them "fake news."
Hannity addressed his comments later Thursday night on his Fox News show, "Hannity."
"As I said on TV tonight, I apologize when I misspoke and was not totally clear earlier today. It’s really sad when the lazy media in this country cuts and pastes a deceptive and out of context comment by a Soros funded radical left-wing group that has purposefully taken me out of context for years." Hannity said on his Fox News show and later reiterated on Twitter. "My comments on the topic of Judge Moore were clear and unambiguous both on radio and on TV, if people would do their own research and reporting. People need to listen to the totality of my remarks if they care about the truth. I interview guests of all points of view, but I speak for myself."
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct attribution of "Consensual, that's true" quote to Hannity, not Roy Moore.