Roy Moore Claims ‘Political Conspiracy’ in New Lawsuit Against Accusers
One defendant is also plaintiff in a different suit against Moore
Failed Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore filed a new lawsuit Monday accusing several women who made allegations of sexual misconduct against him of a “political conspiracy” to prevent him from winning the state’s December special election.
The allegations that Moore, 71, courted and made sexual contact with teenage girls when he was a district attorney in his 30s are “false,” said Melissa Isaak, Moore’s attorney. She spoke at a news conference Monday in Gadsden, Alabama, where many of the incidents are claimed to have taken place roughly 40 years ago.
“The people of Alabama deserve to know the truth,” Isaak said in a press release Monday. “The accusations made against Judge Moore during the U.S. Senate campaign arose from a political conspiracy to destroy his personal reputation and defeat him in the special Senate election for United States Senate.”
The defendants Moore names in the lawsuit include three women who have said they were teenagers when Moore was in his 30s and pursued relationships with them. This was before he became a high-profile political figure as the Alabama Supreme Court chief justice.
One woman named in the suit is Leigh Corfman, who said she was 14 when Moore drove her to his house and touched her sexually but drove her home when she declined any further advances.
Corfman’s attorney, Neil Roman, told ABC News in an emailed statement Monday that his client stands by her account.
“Leigh Corfman stands by the accuracy of every one of her statements about Mr. Moore’s sexual abuse of her when she was a 14-year-old high school freshman and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney,” Roman said. “Ms. Corfman is no longer a teenager and is not going to let Mr. Moore victimize her again.”
Corfman is the plaintiff in an active lawsuit against Moore and his campaign for making defamatory comments about her when they denied the allegations.
The controversy over his alleged penchant for dating underage girls in the 1970s ultimately torpedoed Moore’s Senate campaign, experts have concluded.
Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore, 50 percent to 48 percent, in the Dec. 12 special election, reducing the Republican majority in the Senate to just one seat.
But Moore has continued to deny any wrongdoing, even claiming that he does not recall ever meeting any of his accusers.
“I never knew them,” Moore said Monday.
The former judge filed the lawsuit “not only to hold accountable those who are guilty of slanderous and libelous conduct,” Isaak said, “but also to restore his good name, character, and reputation with the people of Alabama.”
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