An Alabama woman who accused former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing her when she was 14 years old sued Moore and his campaign on Thursday for what she said was defamation.
Leigh Corfman said Moore and his campaign defamed her and made false statements as they denied the accusations in the midst of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. She is asking that Moore pay court costs but is not seeking additional compensation.
A phone message left by AL.com at the office of Moore attorney Trent Garmon was not immediately returned Thursday. Corfman's lawsuit lists several denials made by Moore, including statements suggesting she and other accusers were paid - which both Corfman and the Post deny - or politically motivated.
Corfman's allegations were first detailed in a November 9 Washington Post story with those of three women, who said Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. Doug Jones became the first Democrat sent to the Senate from Republican stronghold Alabama in a quarter century. Several publications, including the Jewish publication Forward and the Washington Examiner, have claimed that the attorney she was referring to was Richard Jaffe, a Jewish attorney who represented Roy and Kayla's son, Caleb Moore, in a case several years ago.
The lawsuit spells out a number of instances where Moore or his campaign surrogates denied her claims and attacked her character and motives. She said she did not have intercourse with Moore and requested to be taken home. In a church speech, he dismissed the misconduct allegations against him as "dirty politics". Corfman alleged that she met Moore as a young teen in 1979 and that he sexually touched her.
"Instead, the lawsuit said, "Moore continued his attacks, accusing Ms. Corfman of lying and having improper purposes".
Regarding the Moore campaign committee, the lawsuit identified five people "have repeated Mr. Moore's false denials of sexually abusing Ms. Corfman when she was 14 years old and Mr. Moore's reckless accusations of improper motivations".