Lawyer for Moore Accuser Says Supporters Tried to Bribe Him

He was told to drop Leigh Corfman as client, say publicly he didn't believe her allegations
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2018 11:19 AM CDT
Lawyer for Moore Accuser Says Supporters Tried to Bribe Him
In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, US Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally in Fairhope, Ala.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

The lawyer for a woman who accused Roy Moore of touching her sexually when she was 14 says two supporters of the former US Senate candidate tried to bribe him to "cloud" the allegations that were piling up against Moore, the Washington Post reports. Eddie Sexton says Gary Lantrip and Bert Davi offered him $10,000 and meetings with then-White House adviser Stephen Bannon and others in DC if he dropped Leigh Corfman as a client and gave a statement that he didn't believe her claims to reporters from Bannon's Breitbart News. Sexton says the offer was first made Nov. 13—a month out from the Alabama election that was won by Doug Jones. The lawyer has recorded phone calls, texts, and confidants to corroborate parts of his claim.

“What they’re saying, all they want to do is cloud something,” Lantrip said on a call recorded by Sexton. “They said if they cloud, like, two of them, then that’s all they need.” He also spoke of the money Sexton would receive. “We got some chance to do something, make some quick little-bitty for you … and then, on down the line, we can go to DC,” Lantrip said. Lantrip and Davi, both of whom are Sexton's clients in an unrelated case, admit asking Sexton to make the statement and arranging a meeting with Breitbart reporters. Lantrip also admits to telling Sexton that if he came out against Corfman he would get legal work from Bannon and Breitbart. But both men deny doing anything wrong. “I’ll protect what I did, because I know I didn’t do nothing,” Lantrip tells the Post. Moore says his campaign wasn't involved in efforts to pay off Sexton. Read the full story here.
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