Roy Moore Sued By One Of His Accusers

Woman who accused Roy Moore of unwanted sexual contact sues him for defamation

Leigh Corfman filed the lawsuit Thursday. Corfman said in a statement that the suit seeks "to do what I could not do as a 14-year-old - hold Mr. Moore and those who enable him accountable".

Corfman said in early 1979, Moore - then an assistant district attorney in Etowah County - took her to his home, undressed her and passed her hand over the front of his underwear.

Moore repeatedly denied sexual misconduct allegations made by several women, and at one point blamed gays, lesbians, socialists, and liberals for what he called "false and malicious" claims.

In a Washington Post article on November 9, Corfman and three other women accused Moore of pursuing them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s. The lawsuit, seen by Reuters, seeks a judgment of defamation, a public apology, and legal costs.

Jones is the first Democrat to hold the seat in 25 years.

A phone message left by AL.com at the office of Moore attorney Trent Garmon was not immediately returned Thursday. The lawsuit was filed a day after Jones was sworn in as a member of the Senate.

Mr. Moore later in the same interview denied knowing Ms. Corfman, and accused her of political motivations in speaking with The Washington Post: "I don't know Ms. Corfman from a-anybody".

The lawsuit also cites comments from Moore campaign surrogates - including campaign chairman Bill Armistead and campaign manager Rich Hobson, now running for Congress - that suggested Corfman was lying, including a comment from Moore spokeswoman Janet Porter that Corfman's appearance on the Today show was "an Academy Award performance". In addition, Corfman's mother recalls being approached outside the courthouse and she also learned about her daughter's "dates" with Moore decades before this election.

"All these statements by Mr. Moore are defamatory", the lawsuit said. Mr. Moore knew or should have known that Ms. Corfman's account is truthful because he was the perpetrator in the events she described.

Corfman's lawsuit asks Moore and his campaign to pay legal fees but does not ask for monetary compensation.

Story updated today, January 4, 2018, at 5:19 p.m. with more information.

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