The woman who says Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker paid for an abortion in 2009 claims he encouraged her to have another two years later, according to a new report. She refused to have the second abortion, according to the report, and the relationship ended.
The New York Times, which published the report late Friday, said it withheld the name of the woman, who insisted on anonymity to protect her son. Walker’s campaign declined to comment to the Times.
The report was one of several new revelations that emerged late Friday, capping a dramatic week in a campaign that could determine control of the U.S. Senate. Walker is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in one of the most closely watched races leading up to next month’s midterm elections.
In a brief interview with NBC News, Walker said he did not know about an abortion.
“The first I learned about all this was when a journalist asked me about an abortion. And I say, “No, that’s a lie.” And then they asked me if I paid for an abortion and I said, “No. I didn’t pay for an abortion,” Walker told the network. “I’m not saying she did or didn’t do (an abortion). I say I know nothing about it. I do not know.”
The Walker campaign provided NBC with text messages of the unnamed woman texting Walker’s wife about the abortion on Friday morning. This, Walker told NBC, was the first time he had confirmed the woman’s identity. NBC, like the Times, withheld the woman’s name.
“Did you know Herschel paid for my abortion the first time? Or that he told me it wasn’t the ‘right time’ to have (their current child)?” The woman wrote in a text message at 9:54 am. to Julie Walker, the candidate’s wife.
“This message makes me incredibly sad. You know I’m constantly trying to bridge a better relationship between you and Herschel by putting (the child) first,” Julie Walker replied.
Meanwhile, the Daily Beast, which first reported earlier this week that Walker paid for the 2009 abortion, published details the woman provided about the candidate’s involvement with their child. Walker, according to the Daily Beast, has not seen the child in person in more than six and a half years. He has met the child a total of three times, according to the report, which the publication said it corroborated with photos provided by the woman. Two of those cases, the report said, involved child support proceedings.
The woman also provided The Daily Beast with screenshots of text messages Walker sent the child, including one from July in which the candidate did not tell the child about the existence of a third half-sibling.
“You have the brother and sister I told you about. I love you,” Walker wrote, according to the Daily Beast.
Walker later texted the child a photo of the other half-sibling, according to the report, saying “That photo never went.”
Walker often sent the child “I love” messages. The pace of messaging, the report said, increased as Walker prepared to announce his Senate campaign.
Walker’s campaign declined to comment to The Daily Beast.