One of the women who spoke to the Washington Post back in November and accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was 14 years old has sued Mr. Moore and his campaign for defamation in relation to statements made about her during his campaign for U.S. Senate.
She instead seeks " a declaratory judgment of defamation, a public apology from Moore, and a court-enforced ban on him or his campaign publicly attacking her again", the Post reports. The suit says Moore and his campaign defamed her and made false statements as they denied the accusations in the midst of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.
Leigh Corfman says Moore sexually abused her when she was 14 - a high school freshman - and he was a 32-year-old prosecutor.
Corfman's lawsuit is an opportunity for her to pursue legal action against Moore even though the statute of limitations on the alleged assault has run out.More news: British parliamentary committee recommends levy on take-away coffee cups
In response, Moore said Corfman's allegations were "politically motivated", "completely false", and "malicious". She said that at one point they were alone together in his home and he touched her in a sexual manner and attempted to make her do the same to him. "I believe they are brought only to stop a very successful campaign, and that's what they're doing". "Mr. Moore sexually abused me when I was only 14 years old". The suit "represents a fledgling legal strategy where people who say they were victimized long ago are litigating their claims through defamation lawsuits", the paper notes.
Corfman said she has not received any compensation from The Post or any other source for disclosing her encounter with Moore.
Moore, the Republican candidate, lost to Democrat Doug Jones in a December special election. Mr. Moore knew or should have known that Ms. Corfman's account is truthful because he was the perpetrator in the events she described. The candidate also denied knowing Corfman in an interview with conservative host Sean Hannity after the allegations first broke.
Those five individuals associated with the campaign: Manager Rich Hobson, Chairman Bill Armistead, attorney Benjamin Dupre, spokeswoman Janet Porter and strategist Dean Young.