Roy Moore accuser loses everything in house fire under investigation for arson

"I am devastated, just devastated."

Tina Johnson in an interview with NBC News in November.
Tina Johnson in an interview with NBC News in November.

Tina Johnson, one of the eight women who accused former Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore, of sexual misconduct, lost her Etowah County home in a fire on Tuesday. The fire is currently being investigated as arson, according to local authorities.

“That fire is still under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force,” said Natalie Barton, public information officer with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department. “A suspect of interest is being spoken to. But there have been no charges, to my knowledge, related to the fire at this time.”

While the Etowah County Arson Task Force also reports their investigation does not lead them to believe the fire is related to Roy Moore or the allegations against him, they do not say how they were able to determine that so quickly.

Johnson and her family reportedly lost everything in the fire.

“I am devastated, just devastated,” Johnson told on Friday. “We have just the clothes on our backs.”

She was in the public eye most recently in November, when she came forward to accuse Moore of groping her while at his law office in 1991. “I want people to know that it’s OK to finally say something,” she told of her reasoning for going public with her story. “I guess I’m ashamed I didn’t say nothing, didn’t turn around and slap him.”

Johnson is not the only Moore accuser who has suffered financially after sharing their story. This week Leigh Corfman, the first woman to publicly accuse Moore, filed a defamation lawsuit against him claiming he had ruined her name by repeatedly denying his actions and calling the women liars.


As a result of vile attacks online from Moore’s supporters, the lawsuit says Corfman was forced to take a leave of absence from her job, resulting in lost wages.