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Roy Moore accuser Leigh Corfman filed a defamation lawsuit against him on Jan. 4th
  IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, ALABAMA LEIGH CORFMAN , Plaintiff, vs. ROY S. MOORE , and  JUDGE ROY MOORE FOR US SENATE , Defendants. CIVIL ACTION NO. __________ COMPLAINT Leigh Corfman, a resident of Etowah County, Alabama, alleges: INTRODUCTION 1.   Since November 2017, Defendants Roy Moore and his campaign committee, Judge Roy Moore for US Senate (the “Moore Campaign Committee”), have defamed Ms. Corfman, repeatedly and in all forms of media, calling her a liar and questioning her motivation for publicly disclosing that Mr. Moore sexually abused her in 1979 when she was a 14-year-old high school freshman and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. 2.    Nor have these defamatory statements stopped with the Senate election on December 12, 2017. On December 27, 2017, Mr. Moore filed a lawsuit in this Court in which he characterized Ms. Corfman’s account of the sexual abuse as “false and malicious.” As before the election, the Moore Campaign Committee supported and echoed Mr. Moore’s attacks. Mr. Moore and the Moore Campaign Committee will likely continue to defame Ms. Corfman if they are not stopped by this Court. ELECTRONICALLY FILED1/4/2018 2:49 PM03-CV-2018-900017.00CIRCUIT COURT OFMONTGOMERY COUNTY, ALABAMATIFFANY B. MCCORD, CLERKDOCUMENT 2  2 3.   The defamatory attacks began when Ms. Corfman recounted to The Washington  Post that she met Mr. Moore in February 1979, when she and her mother were at the Etowah County courthouse for a child custody hearing. Mr. Moore approached them and volunteered to sit with Ms. Corfman outside the courtroom while her mother attended the hearing. With Ms. Corfman’s mother occupied with court proceedings, Mr. Moore asked Ms. Corfman what school she attended and her grade and, at the end of their conversation, for her telephone number. 4.   Mr. Moore shortly thereafter called Ms. Corfman and arranged to meet her. 5.   On two occasions, Mr. Moore picked up Ms. Corfman near her home and drove her to his house, where they were alone. 6.   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. 7.   Ms. Corfman immediately told friends, including Betsy Davis, about Mr. Moore’s conduct that night. 8.   Ms. Corfman over the years also told family members, including her mother. 9.   Until Fall 2017, Ms. Corfman did not disclose her experience with Mr. Moore  beyond friends and family because of fear of retaliation and other personal circumstances, including a desire to protect her children. DOCUMENT 2  3 10.   Ms. Corfman’s public silence ceased when The   Washington Post   approached her in the fall of 2017 and questioned her about Mr. Moore. Ms. Corfman responded truthfully to the reporter’s questions. 11.   On November 9, 2017, The Washington Post   published an article entitled, Woman  says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32 . 1  12.   In addition to reporting on Ms. Corfman’s experience with Mr. Moore, the article   discussed three other women—Gloria Thacker Deason, Debbie Wesson Gibson, and Wendy Miller—who recounted Mr. Moore’s pursuit of them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.  Id.  13.   Following publication of the article, five additional women publicly accused Mr. Moore of sexual misconduct or sexual behavior with teenaged girls: Becky Gray; Tina Johnson; Beverly Young Nelson; Gena Richardson; and Kelly Harrison Thorp. 14.   Mr. Moore issued a written statement published in the same Washington Post   article that accused Ms. Corfman (and the other women) of lying and stated that their accounts 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.”  Id  . 15.   On November 28, 2017, after repeated attacks by Mr. Moore and the Moore Campaign Committee, Ms. Corfman sent Mr. Moore an open letter and asked him to stop denying his sexual abuse of her in 1979, to acknowledge his misconduct, and to apologize. 1   See Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites, Woman says Roy Moore initiated  sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32 , W ASH . P OST  (Nov. 9, 2017), https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/woman-says-roy-moore-initiated-sexual-encounter-when-she-was-14-he-was-32/2017/11/09/1f495878-c293-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html [https://perma.cc/GV22-BJZQ] (last visited Jan. 3, 2018). DOCUMENT 2  4 16.   Mr. Moore refused to do so. Instead, Mr. Moore continued his attacks, accusing Ms. Corfman of lying and having improper purposes. He made these statements at campaign rallies, in interviews, on the internet, on the radio, on television, and in newspapers. Mr. Moore has claimed, among other assertions, that Ms. Corfman’s account is “completely false,” “malicious,” “politically motivated,” that it reflects “the immorality of our time,” and that “there is not one ounce of truth in her accusations.” 17.   On December 27, 2017, Mr. Moore and the Moore Campaign Committee filed a lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Alabama Secretary of State from certifying the results of the special election for the United States Senate on the basis of alleged election fraud. 18.   Without any relevance to his claims of election fraud or to the relief that he is seeking, Mr. Moore used this platform to attack Ms. Corfman and two other women. Specifically, Mr. Moore filed an affidavit in which he claims that, after the election on December 12, 2017, he took a polygraph examination concerning “allegations of sexual misconduct” made against him “by Leigh Corfman, Beverly Nelson, and Tina Johnson.” 19.   Mr. Moore’s affidavit does not identify the individual who administered the alleged polygraph examination, the date on which it was administered, the questions asked, or the answers given; nor does the affidavit explain why Mr. Moore waited until after the election to submit to a test. 20.   Mr. Moore’s affidavit also omits mention of the other women who publicly disclosed their experiences with him and who he likewise claims never to have met, including Ms. Deason, Ms. Gibson, Ms. Gray, Ms. Miller, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Thorp. DOCUMENT 2
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