The woman who was one of the subjects of a bombshell Washington Post report accusing former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was 14 in 1979 has filed a defamation lawsuit against him.
Leigh Corfman is not seeking financial compensation beyond legal costs, said her attorney, Neil Roman.
Corfman's lawsuit also raised the issue of a November 28 open letter from her to Moore provided to AL.com that "asked him to stop denying his sexual abuse of her in 1979, to acknowledge his misconduct, and to apologize".
On the second visit to the house, Mr. Moore sexually abused Ms. Corfman. "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". Wearing only undershorts, Mr. Moore touched Ms. Corfman's private parts through her bra and underpants and guided her hand to touch his penis.
Moore claimed Corfman's allegations were "politically motivated", "completely false", and "malicious".
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.
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Corfman's lawsuit says the attacks forced her to take a leave of absence from her job and led to fabricated accusations against her from the public. Corfman said he took off her shirt and trousers and removed his clothes except for his underwear before touching her over her bra and underpants.
A phone message left by AL.com at the office of Moore attorney Trent Garmon was not immediately returned Thursday.
His campaign issued a statement saying, "We look forward to transparently discussing these matters in a court of law". 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.
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The lawsuit suggests that Moore's polygraph affidavit - basically a sworn statement - could be perjury. She also cites campaign speeches made in Vestavia Hills and Huntsville. Just after the allegations emerged, Moore told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he had never met Corfman.