Failed Alabama US Senate candidate Roy Moore revealed in his first public appearance since losing a special election to Doug Jones in December that he's filed a civil complaint against two dozen people who he says targeted his reputation as part of a political conspiracy. The former judge filed the suit Monday and said at a news conference hours later that he's an innocent victim and has named four women, one man and 19 unnamed defendants in the defamation suit, per the AP. Women came forward during the campaign claiming Moore made sexual advances on them years ago when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers. Moore also revealed at the news conference that he has no plans to run for any political office, so that is not his motivation for filing the lawsuit. Instead, he said he is "fueled by the truth."
"If you read the complaint, you're going to see the political conspiracy," Moore said. "And even the press should be able to see a political conspiracy for what it is." According to CNN, Moore's suit asks for compensatory damages from the defendants as well as interest, court costs and punitive damages "in an amount that will adequately reflect the enormity of the defendants' wrongful, outrageous acts." The suit was filed jointly by Moore and his wife, Kayla, who appeared with him at the news conference and was his constant supporter during the senate campaign. Also at the event was Moore attorney Melissa Isaak, who suggested the media was also involved in the conspiracy when she said her client was accused by only three women and not nine "as the press would have you believe."