Leigh Corfman files defamation lawsuit against Roy Moore

Leigh Corfman, the woman who claims that Roy Moore took her to his home and groped her when she was 14 and he was 32, has filed a defamation lawsuit against him. The lawsuit recapitulates all of the accusations which first appeared in the Washington Post story last November.

On two occasions, Mr. Moore picked up Ms. Corfman near her home and drove her to his house, where they were alone.

On the second visit to the house, Mr. Moore sexually abused Ms. Corfman. He provided Ms. Corfman with alcohol, flattered her, laid blankets and pillows on the floor, and took off her and his outer clothing. Wearing only undershorts, Mr. Moore touched Ms. Corfman’s private parts through her bra and underpants and guided her hand to touch his penis. Ms. Corfman resisted Mr. Moore and asked him to take her home.

Ms. Corfman immediately told friends, including Betsy Davis, about Mr. Moore’s conduct that night.

Ms. Corfman over the years also told family members, including her mother.

It then argues that in response to the Post story, Moore and his campaign repeatedly lied about his past relationship with her:

Since publication of the Washington Post article on November 9, 2017, Mr. Moore has repeatedly attacked Ms. Corfman despite knowing that he sexually abused Ms. Corfman when she was 14 years old. At a minimum, Mr. Moore made his false denials reckless disregard of the truth…

On November 10, 2017, the day after publication of the Washington Post article, Mr. Moore appeared on The Sean Hannity Show, a nationally syndicated radio program, to disclaim knowledge of Ms. Corfman. A portion of the segment featuring Mr. Moore was re- broadcast with transcription on the Fox News Channel, a nationally distributed cable television channel.

Tellingly, Mr. Moore initially suggested to Mr. Hannity that he “dated a lot of young ladies,” including teenage girls, when Mr. Moore was in his 30s, and stated with regards to these allegations, including Ms. Corfman’s: “I’m not going to dispute anything, but I don’t remember anything like that.”

Mr. Moore later in the same interview denied knowing Ms. Corfman, and accused her of political motivations in speaking with The Washington Post: “I don’t know Ms. Corfman from a-anybody. I, I’ve never talked to her, never had any contact with her. Allegations of sexual misconduct with her are completely false. I believe they’re politically motivated. I believe they’re brought only to stop a very successful campaign, and that’s what they’re doing. Uh, I’ve never, uh, known this woman or anything.”

The lawsuit then goes on to list more than half-a-dozen more instances of Moore denying the allegations and claiming Corfman’s claims were politically motivated. The lawsuit also cites several individuals in the Moore campaign who repeated his denials. Finally, Corfman says she was subjected to hateful and derogatory remarks because of Moore’s claims. She offers a handful of tweets as evidence of this, one calling her a “whore” and several more a “liar.” The lawsuit concludes:

As a natural result of Mr. Moore’s and the Moore Campaign Committee’s defamatory statements, Ms. Corfman was forced to take a leave of absence from her job until after the election, resulting in lost wages and further economic damages capable of being measured in money in an amount to be proven at trial.

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. She also seeks “further relief” which isn’t clarified with any dollar amount.

Since before the election it has been clear that Corfman was the whole ballgame, i.e. her accusations are both the most serious and also the most credible. That’s something that even Breitbart’s writers admitted both before and after the election. Corfman told two friends about what happened to her at the time, one of whom remembers the older man was named Roy Moore. In addition, Corfman’s mother recalls being approached outside the courthouse and she also learned about her daughter’s “dates” with Moore decades before this election. It’s hard to see how all of this could be fabricated apart from a genuine conspiracy theory. Some will, I’m sure, continue to handwave or change the subject to a discussion of the ink colors in that yearbook (belonging to a different accuser), but Leigh Corfman is the ballgame. Roy Moore never had a convincing response to her story.

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David Strom 6:31 PM on October 05, 2022