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tonight, breaking news. the new allegations late today, leveled against two major figures. first, the man known as the ten commandments judge, roy moore, running for senate. now, accused of sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl. also, the famous comedian, louis c.k., and new allegations tonight of lewd conduct. late today, president trump's former long-time body guard and what he now says about the president in moscow, and the alleged offer of five russian women. brian ross reports. your money. and the scramble over taxes tonight. republicans in the senate and their own plan just out moments ago. who wins, who doesn't? and will there be a showdown? snow and freezing temperatures from minneapolis to chicago to detroit at this hour. and moving into the east tonight. the deadly police shootout today at a crowded highway in the northeast. just in, the major power
failure in puerto rico. 80% back in the dark. and new trouble for o.j. simpson already? tonight, why has he been banned from a vegas hotel? good evening and it's great to have but us here on a thursday night. and we begin tonight with explosive new allegations of sexual misconduct involving two different well-known men. a controversial judge running for senate and famous median louis c.k. first, alabama's roy moore, now the republican candidate for senate, "the washington post" first reporting he's accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl years ago. the senate majority leader tonight saying if these claims are true, he should step aside and end his campaign. tonight, judge moore responding, and abc's linsey davis leading us off. >> reporter: explosive new claims tonight that republican alabama senate candidate roy moore, preyed on teen girls
more than 30 years ago. moore, who famously flashed his gun at a rally, is a hard-line conservative christian. >> homosexual conduct should be illegal. >> reporter: according to a report in "the washington post" today, four women say they had romantic encounters with or propositions from moore when he was in his mid-30s and they were teenagers, including one who was just 14-years-old in 1979. leigh corfman, now 53, tells the "post" she met moore when he offered to watch her during her mother's child custody hearing. at the time, moore was an assistant district attorney. she says he took her to his house on two other occasions, and on the second visit, "he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes." "he touched her over her bra and underpants," she says, "and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear." she says she remembers thinking "i wanted it over with, i wanted out." she says she asked moore to take her home, and he did. corfman's mother confirmed her
daughter's account, which she learned about in the mid '90s, to abc news. moore calls the allegations by the post "completely false and a desperate political attack." with his campaign adding, "it is no surprise that the democratic party and the country's most liberal newspaper would come up with a fabrication of this kind." moore was nicknamed "the ten commandments judge" after being dismissed when he ignored a federal court order to remove the ten commandments monument he had installed in the judicial building. >> crime, corruption, immorality, abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion, sweep our land. >> reporter: tonight, outrage from fellow republicans. >> if there is any shred of truth to this story, he needs to step aside. >> reporter: senator john mccain is calling for him to "immediately step aside and allow the people of alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of." >> linsey davis is there with us. a strong response from republicans tonight, but moore is determined to stay in the race. this election just over a month away. the question, will his name still be on the ballot? >> reporter: yes, it would. even if he decides not to run at this point, his name would remain on the ballot. ballots are in the process of
being printed. so, a new g op candidate, if there were to be one, would have to be a write-in, david. >> all right, linsey davis tonight, thank you. and from the candidate to the median there are new allegations of misconduct against louis c.k. the premiere of his new movie called off. abc's eva pilgrim on the new claims tonight. >> reporter: tonight, more allegations of sexual misconduct, now involved popular comedian louis c.k., who has built a career making crowds laugh about male hypocrisy. >> there is no greater threat to women than men! we're the number one threat to women. >> reporter: "the new york times" detailing accounts from five female comedians and performers, all saying louis touched himself in front of them or asked to do so without their consent. chicago comedy duo dana min goodman and julia wolov tell "the times" they met louis c.k. at a comedy festival in 2002,
and they thought he was joking when he offered to underdress in front of them. he proceeded to take all of his clothes off and get completely naked, and started masturbating. louis c.k's publicist tells the times, "louis is not going to answer any questions." this comes on the heels of growing accusations against actor kevin spacey, now cut from his upcoming movie "all the money in the world," just weeks before it was set to hit theaters, after a boston tv anchor came forward before the cameras thursday to talk about an alleged assault involving her son. >> spacey stuck his hand inside my son's pants. shame on you for what you did to my son. >> eva pilgrim with us live tonight. and have a, i want to get back to louis c.k. so far, he's not answering questions about the allegations, and there is word that that premiere of his new film has been canceled? >> reporter: that's right. the distributor canceling the premiere, saying there is never a place for the behavior detailed in these allegations. no word on when or if they will still release this film.
david? >> eva, thank you. we move on tonight. next, to the russia investigation, and tonight, we've learned the special couns counsel's probe reaching deep into the west wing. now questioning one of the president's closest aides, stephen miller. and there is another major headline at this hour, involving the president's long-time body guard, and what he told congress about the president in moscow, and an alleged offer of several russian women in 2013. here's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: a former new york city cop, keith schiller, was the bodyguard at donald trump's side for years. and he followed his boss to the white house, and even hand-delivered the president's letter, firing fbi director james comey. ont tonight, we are learning what schiller says he saw on a trip to moscow with trump in 2013 for the miss universe pageant. that trip to moscow figured prominently in the uncorroborated dossier prepared for the clinton campaign, which includes allegations that trump, while staying at the ritz-carlton hotel in moscow employed "a number of prostitutes."
tonight, congressional investigators say schiller told them a well-connected russian businessman offered him "five women" for trump, but that he rejected the offer, believing it was a joke. and that he never told trump about it until several hours later. trump himself has denied the salacious allegations, saying he knew there were cameras hidden in the rooms. >> i was in russia years ago with the miss universe contest which did very well, moscow, the moscow area, did very, very well. and i told many people, be careful, because you don't want to see yourself on television, cameras all over the place. >> reporter: schiller told congress he stayed outside trump's hotel room for about five minutes that night and saw no one go inside. >> and brian ross with us tonight. brian, that body guard did leave the white house a few weeks ago, but tonight, we are learning that the special counsel, robert mueller, has now interviewed one of the president's inner circle inside the west wing? >> reporter: stephen miller. miller is in the president's
complete inner circle. he was deeply involved in crafting the president's defense of his decision to fire fbi director comey. something of great interest, david, to the special counsel. >> brian ross back with us again tonight. thank you, brian. we turn to your money youshgs taxes tonight. and senate republicans are just out with their plan, after house republicans gave theirs. who wins, who doesn't, and is there new a showdown looming? here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: with republicans in a rush to pass tax reform, the senate tonight is unveiling its plan. >> the hard-working american gets to keep more of her money. >> reporter: the senate plan includes president trump's top business priority, slashing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. but it delays that tax cut until 2019. as for individuals the senate plan keeps seven tax brackets and lowers the rates. critics and experts say, the wealthy will benefit most. but the white house? >> i don't believe that we've set out to create a tax cut for
the wealthy. if someone's getting a tax cut, i'm not upset that they're getting a tax cut. >> reporter: the senate plan keeps popular deductions for medical expenses and student loan interest, but gets rid of all individual state and local tax deductions. the states likely hit hardest? new york, new jersey, california and illinois. none of them have republican senators. what do you say to middle class americans who may be worried they may see their taxes go up eventually under this plan? can you guarantee that won't happen? >> i can't guarantee that. >> reporter: according to a new analysis of the house version, in ten years, 1 in 4 americans would end up paying more taxes than they do now. >> so, let's get to mary bruce live on the hill tonight. and mary, we heard what the president said before his trip, that he wants to sign tax reform by christmas. but there's some pretty big differences between the senate plan we saw late today and the house plan. >> reporter: yeah, david. and the house today announced they will vote on their bill next week, but big discrepancies remain between these plans, including how much they cost and what they'll do to the deficit. hammering this out is going to
be a big challenge. and republicans know they cannot head home for the holiday empty handed. david? >> clock is ticking. mary bruce, thank you. president trump, meantime, overseas. in china, the warm welcome. and from the president there, what sounded like an about-face, from what he said about china during the campaign and trade. abc cea b kbc senior white hous correspondent cecilia vega, traveling with the president. >> reporter: it's the very country he repeatedly slammed as a threat to america. but today president trump had nothing but love for china and its leader. >> it's a very good chemistry between the two of us, believe me. >> reporter: at the opulent state dinner the president even played this video of his granddaughter arabella singing in mandarin. for the president, who loves a military parade, a lavish welcome. it's a far cry from candidate trump -- >> we can't continue to allow china to rape our country, and that's what they're doing.
>> reporter: but today? >> i don't blame china. after all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? i give china great credit. >> reporter: instead, he blamed past american presidents. and i asked if he still stands by that comment from the campaign. do you still believe china is raping the united states, mr. president? but no answer. >> and cecile ya vega in beijing tonight. and tonight, the president heads to vietnam. and one of the major questions, will he sit down with vladimir putin? >> reporter: well, david, president trump told reporters he planned to meet with have lad mire putin there in vietnam, to push him for help on north korea. secretary of state rex tillerson, david, tells us, the meeting is still under consideration. david? >> cecilia, thank you. back here at home tonight, the arctic blast in the midwest,
moving into the northeast tonight. a dangerous commute in gaylord, michigan, among other places. let's get right to rob marciano tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david. going to feel a lot different here tomorrow night. winter storm warnings are still up across wisconsin and michigan. the cold air pouring south and east. lake effect snows will be cranking. look at the temperatures in chicago. teen teens. 20s in st. louis. flash freeze likely across northern new england and new york. by saturday morning, record lows, boston, philly and d.c. in the 20s, with the wind, it will feel like near zero. that is shockingly cold stuff for mid november, david. >> all right, we knew it was coming. rob, thank you. and a troubling setback for puerto rico tonight. a major power failure. almost the entire island now back in the dark. nearly three and a half million american citizens live there, and tonight, the texas couple who saw our report, and what they've now done. tonight, authorities in puerto rico have confirmed more than 80% of the island is again in the dark.
after that major power failure. it's been nearly two months now since the hurricane hit. our visit, two weeks in, president trump was about to land there. and what we found just 15 minutes from the airport. we had heard apartment buildings in san juan were still without power. without running water. the stairwells dark, the hallways, too. elizabeth vazquez delgado lives in new york city, but she was there taking care of her parents. president trump had tweeted, all buildings now inspected. we had heard that inspectors had been visiting some of these buildings all over puerto rico. have you seen any inspectors? >> no, not at all. they have not come to see what has happened to these apartments. >> reporter: inside her parents' tiny apartment, we saw the windows blown out by the hurricane. and in the bedroom, her parents, elmer and gloria, in need of medication. this is the first medicine? >> this is the first medicine. >> reporter: and it's motrin. down the hallway, residents car rig flashlights. we step over a doorway blown in
by the hurricane. and tonight, most of puerto rico in the dark. 1 in 10 on the island still have no running water. and a couple from el paso, texas, seeing elizabeth on the news, calling her and telling her they would pay to fly her and her family back to the u.s. for help. our camera there as she packed. >> all changes hurt. but i know we're going to be much better. >> reporter: tearful, she tells us, she can now get her parents medical help. her building had just got the power back an hour before she started packing. while back in new york, angel gomez and his wife, pat si, were both waiting for elizabeth at the airport. >> when i saw them on tv, it really broke my heart. i really felt like doing something instantly. >> reporter: right there in the airport, they meet. >> i still can't believe it. i'm here and i still can't believe it. >> reporter: back in puerto rico, that new headline. another major power failure. and we remember what elizabeth told us, the promise as she was packing.
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it would be scary. if i saw it in the distance, it would back up. >> and keep backing up. nervous caution in pacific heights after at least two rare sightings of a mountain lion. thanks for joining us. >> the last mountain lion sighting was in 2015. prior to that, not since 1908. sales force ceo mark benioff posted two videos of a mountain lion walking near his home in pacific heights flts the neighborhood is just on the other side of the presidio. although it is a national park, sightings are unusual. >> 1908 is a long time ago. >> reporter: yeah, it's been a while.
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