She Says Roy Moore Molested Her. Now She's Suing
Moore accuser sues former Senate candidate, campaign for defamation
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2018 5:46 PM CST
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A woman who accused failed US Senate candidate Roy Moore of molesting her when she was a teen has now sued him for defamation.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

(Newser) – Fresh off watching his opponent sworn in as a US senator, Alabama's Roy Moore was sued for defamation Thursday by a woman who says he molested her when she was 14 and he was 32, AL.com reports. Leigh Corfman is suing Moore and his campaign for "repeatedly and in all forms of media, calling her a liar and questioning her motivation." According to the Washington Post, Corfman says Moore, then an assistant district attorney, brought her to his home in 1979, took off her clothes, touched her over her underwear, and made her touch him over his underwear. She went public with her allegations in November. In response, Moore called her claims "politically motivated" and "completely false," adding that he had never met her.

"Mr. Moore sexually abused me when I was only 14 years old," Corfman says in a statement. "Then he and his campaign called me a liar and immoral when I publicly disclosed his misconduct." Corfman is seeking a public apology from Moore, for him to retract his statements against her, and for the court to bar him or his campaign from further statements against her, as well as money to cover her legal costs. The lawsuit states her "only motivation is to clear her name," and she says the suit will "do what I could not do as a 14-year-old—hold Mr. Moore and those who enable him accountable." Moore, who has been accused by multiple women of pursuing them sexually or romantically when they were teens, has still not conceded after losing to Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 election in Alabama, the Hill reports.

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