Alabama woman who accused Roy Moore of sexual abuse sues for defamation

Roy Moore charge Leigh Corfman files lawsuit against him 512018

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

A Gadsden woman who said former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore molested her when she was 14 filed suit Thursday, demanding Moore and his U.S. Senate campaign retract and apologize for statements that she says are defamatory.

On Thursday, Leigh Corfman sued Moore and his failed Republican campaign for the Senate, alleging that they defamed her "repeatedly in all forms of media, calling her a liar and questioning her motivation for publicly disclosing that Mr. Moore sexually abused her in 1979".

The lawsuit focuses on how Moore and his campaign responded to her claims and the national reaction.

"By this lawsuit, I seek to do what I could not do as a 14-year-old - hold Mr. Moore and those who enable him accountable", Corfman said in a statement that was emailed by her attorneys.

"The Judge welcomes the transparency of the courtroom and looks forward to his vindication", Brett Doster, a representative for Moore's Senate campaign, told BuzzFeed News in an email.

"The decision to sue Mr. Moore and his campaign committee was hard, but they need to be held responsible for their actions", Corfman said in a written statement to AL.com.


The lawsuit also pointed to the legal filing by Moore and his campaign on December 27, 2017 that was an effort to stop the election results from being certified by the state of Alabama.

Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations made by Corfman and other women of unwanted romantic or sexual advances. Moore lost the election to Democratic nominee Doug Jones, who was sworn into office Wednesday. He denied the misconduct allegations, saying they were a result of "dirty politics".

Corfman says she was 14 when Moore, then a prosecutor in his 30s, touched her during an encounter.

The lawsuit then goes on to list more than half-a-dozen more instances of Moore denying the allegations and claiming Corfman's claims were politically motivated.

"Mr. Moore's continued attacks against Ms. Corfman after the election and the content of his affidavit demonstrate that if not enjoined, he will continue to defame Ms. Corfman, if simply for the objective of furthering his political goals", Corfman's attorney wrote in the lawsuit. Corfman seeks no financial compensation besides her legal expenses, her attorney, Neil Roman, told the paper.

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