Roy Moore files lawsuit over ads from 2017 campaign

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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Roy Moore speaks at a rally in Fairhope, Ala. President Donald Trump is warning that the “consequences will be devastating” if failed Alabama Republican Roy Moore runs again for a senate seat in 2020. Moore lost in the once-reliably red state in a 2017 special election amid sexual misconduct allegations which he denied. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Republican Roy Moore has filed a lawsuit against people involved with a group that spent millions against him in the 2017 U.S. Senate race.

Moore announced the defamation lawsuit Friday. In a press statement, he said it was part of “fraudulent campaign tactics” against him in the 2017 race he lost to Sen. Doug Jones.

The political action committee called Highway 31 produced advertisements and mailers focused on accusations against Moore of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls decades ago. Moore denied the accusations.

It was disclosed after the election that the PAC received money from Senate Majority PAC, which works to elect Democrats to the U.S. Senate and $910,000 from Priorities USA.

The lawsuit names the groups and others as defendants.

Moore has filed multiple lawsuits over the misconduct accusations.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.