ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A legal dispute between two Upstate officials has put the spotlight on the past of a county councilman who admitted he once belonged to the Ku Klux Klan.
Court documents filed Monday afternoon at the Anderson County courthouse include a deposition from Anderson County Councilman Eddie Moore, and in that paperwork, Moore said he was affiliated with the KKK in his "early younger days ... probably as a teenager."
In the deposition, Moore said he discontinued that affiliation with the KKK after a couple of years, and was asked, "Were you a member," to which Moore replied, "I was," according to the documents.
Moore said he didn't remember participating in a ceremony, and said he never went to a cross burning, according to the documents.
When asked if Moore owned a hood, Moore replied, "I don't recall ever owning a hood. I went to some meetings, and that was it," according to the documents.
Over the phone, Moore said he "didn't really join" the KKK, but after the deposition was quoted to him, Moore said he may need to get his answer clarified in the deposition.
Moore said that he was a deputy sheriff at that time of his KKK affiliation, and said he was encouraged by the sheriff's department to go to the meetings. Moore also said he was told to go to "keep an eye" on the people there.
Moore released the following statement, "I think that what I have done on council for the last four years speaks very loudly about how I feel about African-Americans. I've sponsored renaming the law enforcement center after Carl Anderson. I sponsored renaming the road after Jim Ed Rice when he went into the hall of fame. I honored Loretta Holloway on her accomplishment in jazz music, and just literally dozens of black athletes ... for them to go on something 40 years ago that happened when I was deputy sheriff is just absolutely -- there's just not enough words to describe about how I feel about things like this coming out when I feel that I have proven myself. I'm not going to try this thing -- it'll go to trial."
The documents were filed as part of the ongoing legal dispute between former Anderson County Administrator Joey Preston and Anderson County by attorney Candy Kern-Fuller, who represents Preston.