Ivanka Trump has spoken out following the growing claims of sexual assault by the Republican Senate candidate for Alabama, Roy Moore.

On Wednesday 15 November, Trump said that there was a "special place in hell for people who prey on children."

Moore has denied claims he made sexual advances on several women between the ages of 14 and 18 while he was in his thirties. The explosive revelations were published by the Washington Post, which has interviewed more than 30 people who knew Moore between 1977 and 1982.

Moore, 70, is standing in the 12 December special election in Alabama for a seat in the US Senate, and was expected to win against his Democratic rival Doug Jones. However, polls since the scandal have seen his lead evaporate and Moore is now 12 points behind.

Trump went on to say that "I've yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims' accounts."

However, she did not go as far as to call fro Moore's exit from the senate race.

Other senior Republicans have called on Moore to step aside, amid fears that the Democrats could pull off a shock win in a deep-red state.

Ivanka's father, Donald Trump has avoided the topic of Moore after being questioned about it both during and after his tour of Asia.

Trump's daughter was forced to defend her father who himself has been accused of sexual assault.

Speaking about the Access Hollywood tapes that showed Donald Trump joking about sexual assault, Ivanka said that her father recognised that it was "crude language", adding that it wasn't "language consistent with any conversation I've ever had with him certainly or any conversation I've overheard, so it was a bit jarring for me to hear, and he was very sincere in his apology."

The scandal has embroiled the Republicans at a time when they would rather have their tax reform bill in the headlines, with a vote on the matter expected in the week.