In a report by the Washington Post, four women claim to have been sexually pursued by U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore as teenagers.
One woman claimed to have a sexual encounter with Moore when she was 14 years old and he was 32, according to the report.
According to the Washington Post, Leigh Corfman alleges she was 14 when Moore approached her outside of an Etowah County courtroom in 1979. According to Corfman and her mother, Moore offered to watch the young teen while her mom attended a custody hearing.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, told the Washington Post. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
The Washington Post report claims Moore chatted with Corfman, and asked for her number. Corfman told the Post that days later, Moore “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.” She claims on a second visit, “he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes,” allegedly touching her over her bra and underwear, and “guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.” She told the Washington Post as it was happening, she was thinking “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” According to the report, she told them she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.
Moore’s campaign chair Bill Armistead has issued the following statement in response to the allegations:
“Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today’s Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake. National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last-ditch Hail Mary.
“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.”
On Thursday, Judge Moore called the allegations by the Post “completely false and a desperate political attack.”
Thursday afternoon, Sen. John McCain tweeted:
Alabama Senator Richard Shelby told CBS42: “If these allegations are true, there is no place for Roy Moore in the United States Senate.”
The Senate Leadership Fund President and CEO Steven Law released a statement Thursday afternoon:
“If there’s even a shred of evidence to these accusations, Gov. Ivey and the Alabama Republican Party need to do everything in their power to remove Judge Moore from the ballot. There is no place in our party for sexual predators.”
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin told CBS 42:
“I did give an endorsement for Roy Moore just yesterday. This came before the sexual misconduct allegations came to light. I did not have prior knowledge of these allegations. I will always stand by the victim of any crime and wish the alleged wrongdoing had been reported at the time it allegedly occurred. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected. If these allegations are proven truth, I will withdraw my endorsement.”
Moore’s opponent in the special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session democrat Doug Jones released the following statement Thursday evening:
“Roy Moore needs to answer these serious charges.”