One of the many women who accused failed Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct has filed a lawsuit against him. Leigh Corfman is suing Moore for defamation.
Ms. Corfman isn’t seeking any financial compensation, except to cover her legal costs. Instead, she asks “for a declaratory judgment of defamation, a public apology from Moore, and a court-enforced ban on him or his campaign publicly attacking her again.” Ms. Corfman said in a statement that her lawsuit seeks “to do what I could not do as a 14-year-old — hold Mr. Moore and those who enable him accountable.”
In November, Ms. Corfman told her story to The Washington Post. She said that Roy Moore had taken her to his house, undressed her, and then touched her over her underwear, and forced her to touch him over his underwear. This allegedly took place in 1979, when Ms. Corfman was 14 and Moore was 32. After Ms. Corfman came forward with her story, four other women accused Moore of similar behavior. These allegations are the biggest reason Moore lost his campaign for Senate to Democrat Doug Jones, even though Moore categorically denied all of the allegations.
When denying the allegations Ms. Corfman brought against him, Moore referred to them as “politically motivated,” “completely false” and “malicious.” It is these statements that are being used to bring the defamation suit against him. The defamation suit is the only chance for Ms. Corfman to seek justice. The statute of limitations for bringing criminal charges or even suing Moore for damages caused by the alleged sexual abuse have run out.
Roy Moore losing to the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama in 25 years was a highlight of 2017. Ms. Corfman’s defamation suit will likely be a highlight of 2018.