Roy Moore accuser sues failed US Senate candidate for defamation

Glen Norman
January 5, 2018

Corfman seeks no financial compensation besides her legal expenses, her attorney, Neil Roman, told the paper. The lawsuit, filed in Montgomery Circuit Court, asks Moore to publicly apologize. Corfman said in a statement that the suit seeks "to do what I could not do as a 14-year-old - hold Mr. Moore and those who enable him accountable". Moore was 32 at the time of the alleged incident.

The allegations upended the race.

Roy Moore, a Republican, lost to Democrat Doug Jones in last year's special Senate election in Alabama.


The lawsuit outlines 11 instances in which Moore publicly denied Corfman's allegations or denied knowing her altogether.

Jaffe, in an interview with AL.com, had said he wasn't sure he was the attorney she was referring to, and that he had never handled cases for Roy Moore, only his son.

Leigh Corfman said Moore and his campaign defamed her and made false statements as they denied the accusations in the midst of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. In a church speech, he dismissed the misconduct allegations against him as 'dirty politics.' Moore, who filed an unsuccessful lawsuit seeking to stop the certification of the Alabama election, submitted an affidavit saying the accusations were false and malicious and that he passed a polygraph test. Moore hired Wishnatsky and two other Liberty University School of Law graduates as full-time clerks in 2012, the first State Supreme Court clerks in the school's history, according to a Liberty University press release.


Zervos' attorney, Gloria Allred, has said that a defamation case she and attorney Mariann Meier Wang settled in NY in 2015 is "an important precedent". Mr. Moore knew or should have known that Ms. Corfman's account is truthful because he was the perpetrator in the events she described. A federal judge in Pennsylvania past year tossed out a suit filed by a woman who said Cosby defamed her in the media after she accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her. The suit "represents a fledgling legal strategy where people who say they were victimized long ago are litigating their claims through defamation lawsuits", the paper notes. Yet another defamation case, filed against Cosby in 2015 by former supermodel Janice Dickinson, is pending in the California courts.

The lawsuit cites numerous statements made by Moore and his campaign staff and surrogates denying the allegations and accusing her of not telling the truth.


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