A woman has accused Roy Moore, former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice and current candidate for U.S. Senate, of inappropriate sexual conduct, according to a story in The Washington Post.
Leigh Corfman, 53, said Moore touched her inappropriately in 1979, when she was 14 years old.
According to the Post, Moore, then an assistant district attorney in Etowah County, Alabama, met Corfman and her mother as they sat on a bench outside a courtroom. Moore offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.
Mitch McConnell and chorus of Republican senators call on Roy Moore to step aside in Alabama Senate race https://t.co/hhNCkSem06— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 9, 2017
Corfman said Moore asked the girl for her phone number while her mother was gone, and then later called her to set up a meeting. The two met days later when Moore picked the girl up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, Alabama, and drove her to his home in the woods.
According to the story, Moore “told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she said, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes,” and then, Corfman said, Moore touched her and had her touch him.
The two did not have intercourse, Corfman told the Post.
The newspaper found three other women who said that Moore had approached them around the same time. The women were between the ages of 16 and 18 at the time. Moore was in his 30s. None of the women had intercourse with Moore, according to the story.
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and The Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore, 70, said.
If there is any truth at all to these horrific allegations, Roy Moore should immediately step aside as a Senate candidate.— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) November 9, 2017
Moore is on the ballot in December, facing Democrat Doug Jones for the Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions became U.S. attorney general.
The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 9, 2017
Here is Roy Moore’s campaign’s full statement about the Washington Post story:
"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."