The Cori Bush challenger denies sexual assault accusations from two women, one of whom died last month. The other shared her settlement with The Intercept.

State Sen. Steven Roberts Jr. speaks at former U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay's honorary street renaming ceremony at the corner of Natural Bridge and North Newstead avenues in St. Louis on April 16, 2022.Photo: Zachary Clingenpeel/St Louis Post-Dispatch via Polaris

ON MONDAY NIGHT, Missouri Democratic congressional candidate and state Sen. Steven Roberts Jr. publicly denied allegations of rape and sexual assault in two separate incidents in an interview with a local CBS affiliate. “If I could have done things differently that night, I would have just gone home by myself,” Roberts said of August 26, 2016: the night Cora Faith Walker, at the time a fellow candidate for the Missouri House of Representatives, alleged that he raped her.

Walker’s allegation has received renewed attention in the past month: She died at 37 of unidentified causes on March 11, and Roberts filed his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives on March 28 — becoming the most formidable challenger in the Democratic primary against Rep. Cori Bush. Comparatively little attention, however, has been paid to a separate allegation made the previous year by Amy Harms, a lawyer in St. Louis, who says that on April 16, 2015, Roberts groped her at a bar.

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