Woman Alleges That Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore Sexually Assaulted Her When She Was 14
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A woman alleges that Roy Moore, the controversial former judge
and Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, sexually assaulted
her when she was 14 years old.
In a report at the Washington Post, Leigh Corfman
says that Moore assaulted her in 1979, when he was a
32-year-old assistant district attorney. Corfman told the Post
that she met Moore outside of the courthouse in Etowah County
while she and her mother, Nancy Wells, were waiting for a
custody hearing. According to the two women, Moore offered to
watch the girl while her mother went to hearing.
Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her
phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her
up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her
about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how
pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says,
he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He
touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided
her hand to touch him over his underwear.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers
thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is,
just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her
home, and he did.
In addition to Corfman’s account, three other women told the
Post that Moore, “pursued them when they were between the ages
of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s, episodes they say
they found flattering at the time, but troubling as they got
older.” Only Corfman has alleged sexual assault. The legal age
of consent in Alabama was (and is) 16.
In a preemptive response to the Post report, Moore
statement to the conservative website Breitbart News. “This
garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional
defamation,” Moore told the site which seemed eager to minimize
the claims reported by the Post, emphasizing instead
the romantic nature of the “dates” Moore went on with teenage
girls. Moore also told Breitbart that he was a married man with
children and grandchildren, apparently evidence of his
innocence. He added, “if any of these allegations were true,
they surely would have been made public long before now.”
Moore reiterated his statement to the Post, indicating
that the story, as well as Corfman’s allegation were
politically motivated. “These allegations are completely false
and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat
Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore
said in statement.
Corfman, a long time Republican voter, indicated to the
Post that her newly made public allegations were not
political. She added too that she had thought for decades about
coming forward but was reluctant to speak because of her past
(“I’m not an angel,” she said). Corfman said that she decided
to come forward after prayer. “All I know is that I can’t sit
back and let this continue, let him continue without the mask
being removed,” she said.
Moore rose to national prominence in 2003 after he was removed
from the Alabama Supreme Court after refusing to remove a
monument of the Ten Commandants, despite orders from a federal
court. He became a kind of hero to religious conservatives for
his refusal, as well as his opposition to same sex marriage and
his ardent birtherism. He returned to the state Supreme Court
in 2012 and was suspended again in 2016 for ethics violations.
In 2017, Moore entered the Republican primary to fill Jeff
Sessions’s vacant seat. After backing from Steve Bannon, Moore
beat Trump-endorsed Luther Strange to become the state’s
Republican nominee and, given the politics of Alabama, it’s
Republican leaders are, however, calling on Moore to exit the
race with a caveat. “If the allegations are true, he must step
aside,” Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said in a
statement. Senator Mike Lee echoed that statement