Roy Moore sues sexual abuse accuser Leigh Corfman for defamation
Attorneys for former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore filed claims for defamation and slander against a woman who accused him of sexual abuse.
Moore’s demand for a jury trial, filed late Monday, is in response to a suit raised in January by Leigh Corfman, who claims the judge sexually abused her when she was 14. Her filing takes aim at both Moore and his campaign for defaming her after she came forward with the misconduct accusations.
Corfman, in an article published by The Washington Post in November, alleged that Moore in 1979 took her to his home in Etowah County where he undressed her and touched her inappropriately.
She additionally claimed Moore, a 32-year-old district attorney at the time, approached her in his underwear and “guided” her hand toward his penis.
Her accusations came during Moore’s campaign for the U.S. Senate seat that was left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated the judge, who was widely expected to win before Corfman’s accusations were made public.
“The statements made by Leigh Corfman to The Washington Post were fabricated and malicious and made with the sole intent of defaming Mr. Moore so as to damage his reputation in the community, state, and nation and prevented his election to the U.S. Senate,” according to court documents.