Roy Moore accuser sues failed US Senate candidate for defamation

05 January, 2018, 14:00 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore walks in to speak at a press conference Thursday Nov. 16 2017 in Birmingham Ala

In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Corfman requested a declaratory judgement of defamation, a public apology from Moore, and a court-enforced ban that would prevent him or the campaign from attacking her in the future.

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.

Leigh Corfman says Moore sexually abused her when she was 14 - a high school freshman - and he was a 32-year-old prosecutor.

A phone message left by AL.com at the office of Moore attorney Trent Garmon was not immediately returned Thursday.

The lawsuit said that as a result of the statements made by Moore and his campaign, Corfman took a temporary leave of absence from her job without compensation.

Moore lost to Doug Jones in a special election held to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions's open seat.

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Jaffe, in an interview with AL.com, had said he wasn't sure he was the attorney she was referring to, and that he had never handled cases for Roy Moore, only his son.

In a Washington Post article on November 9, Corfman and three other women accused Moore of pursuing them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.

He denied that he even knew Corfman.

The lawsuit spells out a number of instances where Moore or his campaign surrogates denied her claims and attacked her character and motives. "Mr. Moore has claimed, among other assertions, that Ms. Corfman's account is 'completely false, ' 'malicious, ' 'politically motivated, ' that it reflects 'the immorality of our time, ' and that 'there is not one ounce of truth in her accusations'".

Corfman has also accused five campaign representatives of repeating what she calls "false denials" of Moore sexually abusing her. "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".

"Mr. Moore's continued attacks against Ms. Corfman after the election and the content of his affidavit demonstrate that if not enjoined, he will continue to defame Ms. Corfman, if simply for the objective of furthering his political goals", Corfman's attorney wrote in the lawsuit.

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