Roy Moore lawsuit claims ‘political conspiracy’ against him in Senate race

The former judge’s campaign foundered amid allegations from multiple women that he pursued them as teenagers in Alabama decades ago.


Roy Moore, whose campaign for the U.S. Senate foundered amid allegations he pursued teenage girls in Alabama decades ago, filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that he was the victim of what he called a "political conspiracy." 

The defamation case names four women, including Leigh Corfman, who has said Moore touched her sexually when she was 14 years old and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney in 1979. Moore repeatedly denied the allegations, but in December he lost the special Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones. 

Flanked by his wife at the Etowah County (Alabama) Courthouse, where he once presided as a judge before serving on the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore denounced what he called "vile accusations of sexual impropriety." 

Corfman's attorney, Neil Roman, said in a statement: "These latest claims by the Moore camp have no more merit than those he has made before. . . . Ms. Corfman is no longer a teenager and is not going to let Mr. Moore victimize her again." 

The lawsuit also names Tina Johnson, who has said Moore grabbed her buttocks while she was in his office seeking legal advice; Beverly Young Nelson, who has accused Moore of groping her in a car in 1977 when she 16 years old; and Debbie Wesson Gibson, who has said Moore's handwriting in Johnson's high school yearbook matched his writing in a card he sent her when they were dating. Gibson said she met Moore when she was 17, after he spoke to her high school civics class. 

Moore's lawsuit in Etowah County Circuit Court comes amid his efforts to raise money for legal fees to fend off a defamation suit against him brought by Corfman.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Politics

DeSantis camp blasts donor’s N-word tweet; won’t return past contributions
DeSantis camp blasts donor’s N-word tweet; won’t return past contributions

Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump at a Tampa rally on July 31. (Zac Anderson/The Sarasota Herald-Tribune) Republican Ron DeSantis‘s campaign for Florida governor has condemned a campaign donor’s recent tweet that called former President Barack Obama the N-word and pledged not to accept any more...
Who do voters blame for Florida’s algae problem? What an FAU poll says
Who do voters blame for Florida’s algae problem? What an FAU poll says

Algae in the Caloosahatchee River beside the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam in Alva, Florida, July 11, 2018. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post) Florida’s algae problem has emerged as a key issue in the U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, with each seeking to...
Rick Scott takes a page from Charlie Crist in latest TV ad
Rick Scott takes a page from Charlie Crist in latest TV ad

Charlie Crist depicted Democratic rival Jim Davis’s empty chair (left) in ads during the 2006 governor’s race; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is reviving the empty-chair theme this year in attacks on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott, trying to paint Democratic Sen. Bill...
Rick Scott: Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford ‘must receive a fair hearing’
Rick Scott: Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford ‘must receive a fair hearing’

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, rivals in November, both say Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations should be heard. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott, trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in November, weighed in this morning on ...
Protesters heckle Scott over red tide at campaign stop
Protesters heckle Scott over red tide at campaign stop

With the noxious smell of red tide hanging in the air and a fresh wave of dead fish washing up on nearby Gulf beaches, a large crowd of people incensed about the devastating algae bloom that has plagued the region for months directed their anger at Gov. Rick Scott during a campaign event Monday in Venice. Protesters jammed the sidewalk and spilled...
More Stories