Woman accuses Senate-hopeful Roy Moore of sexual contact when she was 14

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On Thursday, The Washington Post published a bombshell report with the accounts of four women who claim Alabama-Republican and U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore sexually pursued them when he was in his 30s and they were in their teens.

Leigh Corfman

Leigh Corfman from 1979, when she was about 14.
[Photo Credit: Family photo via The Washington Post]

Leigh Corfman says she was only 14 years old when Moore, then 32, approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. According to Corfman he ultimately drove her to his home in the woods,told her she was pretty and kissed her, and then undressed her. 

“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she told the Washington Post. She remembered thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”

Three other women, all of whom also went on the record,  also say Moore pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. According to Wendy Miller, then 14, Debbie Wesson Gibson, then 17, and Gloria Thacker Deason, then 18, they were not forced into any sort of sexual contact.

Moore adamantly denies the allegations.

“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore, now 70, said in a statement.

Subsequently, Bill Armistead, Moore’s Campaign Chairman, released the following statement:

Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today’s Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake.  National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary.

The Washington Post has already endorsed the Judge’s opponent, and for months, they have engaged in a systematic campaign to distort the truth about the Judge’s record and career and derail his campaign.  In fact, just two days ago, the Foundation for Moral Law sent a retraction demand to the Post for the false stories they wrote about the Judge’s work and compensation.  But apparently, there is no end to what the Post will allege.

The Judge has been married to Kayla for nearly 33 years, has 4 children, and 5 grandchildren.  He has been a candidate in four hotly-contested statewide political contests, twice as a gubernatorial candidate and twice as a candidate for chief justice.  He has been a three-time candidate for local office, and he has been a national figure in two ground-breaking, judicial fights over religious liberty and traditional marriage.  After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they would have been made public long before now.

Judge Roy Moore is winning with a double-digit lead.  So it is no surprise, with just over four weeks remaining, in a race for the U.S. Senate with national implications, that the Democratic Party and the country’s most liberal newspaper would come up with a fabrication of this kind.

“This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation.”

On Thursday, Judge Moore called the allegations by the Post “completely false and a desperate political attack.”

Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, also weighed in on the allegations.

“Roy Moore needs to answer these serious charges,” Jones briefly said.

Gov. Kay Ivey weighed in as well.

“These allegations are deeply disturbing. I will hold judgment until we know the facts,” said Ivey. “The people of Alabama deserve to know the truth and will make their own decisions.”

The Alabama Senate special election is Dec. 12.
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