Roy Moore accuser files defamation lawsuit against him

Leigh Corfman who accused former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct is suing him for defamation

Corfman's lawsuit lists several denials made by Moore, including statements suggesting she and other accusers were paid - which both Corfman and the Post deny - or politically motivated.

Since publication of the Washington Post article on November 9, 2017, Mr. Moore has repeatedly attacked Ms. Corfman despite knowing that he sexually abused Ms. Corfman when she was 14 years old. Thursday, Leigh Corfman cites harsh personal attacks against her after she accused Moore of touching her sexually when she was a teen and he was in his 30s, The Washington Post reported.

In the lawsuit, Corfman accused Moore and his campaign of repeatedly calling her a liar at rallies and in the media, and questioning her motivation for publicly disclosing her allegations. Corfman told two friends about what happened to her at the time, one of whom remembers the older man was named Roy Moore.

Corfman asks that Moore and his campaign be found guilty of defamation and that he be forced to retract his defamatory statements and pay for the cost of the lawsuit. "By this lawsuit, I seek to do what I could not do as a 14-year-old - hold Mr. Moore and those who enable him accountable". Corfman said she later arranged to meet Moore and that he took her to his home and initiated the encounter.

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Efforts to immediately reach Moore for comment were unsuccessful, and a text message to Kayla Moore, Moore's wife, was not immediately returned. The lawsuit was filed a day after Jones was sworn in as a member of the Senate.

Following his denial, far-right outlet Breitbart and other Moore supporters came to the candidate's defense and attempted to disprove Corfman's account of Moore's behavior. "Mr. Moore and the Moore Campaign Committee will likely continue their defamation of Ms. Corfman unless this Court orders them to stop". She also seeks "further relief" which isn't clarified with any dollar amount.

Corfman and her mother have said that Moore first approached her as she waited outside a custody hearing at the Etowah County courthouse.

Story updated today, January 4, 2018, at 5:19 p.m. with more information.

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