An Alabama woman who told the Washington Post that Roy Moore molested her when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old Assistant District Attorney has filed a lawsuit against him for defamation.
Leigh Corfman shared her story with the newspaper in early November. The story featured Corfman but contained the stories of three other women who said Moore romantically pursued them when they were underage and he was in his early 30s. After that story was published, additional women made allegations against Moore, who eventually lost lost to Doug Jones in December’s special election for Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat.
The suit names both Moore and his campaign as defendants and alleges they:
“[H]ave defamed Ms. Corfman, repeatedly and in all forms of media, calling her a liar and questioning her motivation for publicly disclosing that Mr. Moore sexually abused her in 1979 when she was a 14-year-old high school freshman and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney.”
Corfman issued an open letter to Moore, published by AL.com, on November 28, 2017 asking Moore to stop defaming her. He ignored her request, the lawsuit says.
“Instead, Moore continued his attacks, accusing Ms. Corfman of lying and having improper purposes. He made these statements at campaign rallies, in interviews, on the internet, on the radio, on television, and in newspapers. Mr. Moore has claimed, among other assertions, that Ms. Corfman’s account is ‘completely false,’ ‘malicious,’ ‘politically motivated,’ that it reflects ‘the immorality of our time,’ and that ‘there is not one ounce of truth in her accusations.'”
In addition, in his legal filing seeking to prevent the Alabama Secretary of State from certifying the election results, Moore characterized Corfman’s allegations as “false and malicious.”
Surrogates and employees of the campaign, including spokesman Janet Porter, repeated Moore’s comments.
The suit says Corfman had to take unpaid leave from her job due to the stress. In addition to requesting reimbursement for her attorney’s fees and court costs, she is asking for a “declaratory judgment of of defamation, a public apology from Moore, a court-enforced ban on him or his campaign publicly attacking her again.”