Roy Moore is the Republican nominee in the special election to fill an Alabama State Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was confirmed as Attorney General of the United States. He’s also accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old when he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney.
The Washington Post spoke to Leigh Corfman, who says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. It was 1979, and he was Roy Moore.
Corfman and her mother say he struck up a conversation with her. He offered to watch Leigh while her mother went inside the courtroom for a child 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,’” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
Corfman says Moore chatted with her before asking for her phone number. A few days later, she alleges he picked her up around the corner from her house. She says they then drove to his home—30 minutes away in the woods. The Post says he kissed her and told her how pretty she was.
Things became more inappropriate on the second visit. Corfman says she had sexual contact with Moore that went beyond kissing, but she also says they did not have intercourse.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.
Two of Corfman’s childhood friends recall her seeing an older man. One of them identified that man as Moore. Likewise, Corfman’s mother says her daughter told her about the encounter a decade later. At that time, Moore was becoming a prominent local judge.
Corfman isn’t the only woman to say she had a relationship with Moore in her teens. Three other women were also interviewed by The Washington Post. All of them say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 while he was in his early 30s.
“Episodes they say they found flattering at the time, but troubling as they got older. None of the women say that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact,” wrote the Post.
Wendy Miller says she was 14 when Moore first approached her, and 16 when he asked her on dates. Debbie Wesson Gibson says she was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class. He then asked her out on the first of several dates. Gloria Thacker Deason says she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore began taking her on dates.
In a written statement, Moore denied the allegations.
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” said the 70-year-old candidate.
In a second statement, his campaign said the allegations would have arisen in earlier campaigns if they were true. They said, “this garbage is the very definition of fake news.”
However, the Post determined that none of the women have donated to or worked for Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, or his rival in the Republican primary, Luther Strange.
Corfman, now 53, says she’s voted Republican in the past three presidential elections. She voted for President Trump in 2016.
She also explained to the Post why she didn’t want to come forward in 2000 when Moore was campaigning for state Supreme Court.
“Her two children were still in school then and she worried about how it would affect them. She also was concerned that her background—three divorces and a messy financial history—might undermine her credibility,” wrote the Post.
“There is no one here that doesn’t know that I’m not an angel,” Corfman added.
The Post also adds that none of the women interviewed in the story reached out to the newspaper. They were tracked down by reporters who heard whispers of the relationships.
“All were initially reluctant to speak publicly but chose to do so after multiple interviews, saying they thought it was important for people to know about their interactions with Moore. The women say they don’t know one another,” explained The Post.
“I have prayed over this,” Corfman says, explaining why she decided to tell her story now. “All I know is that I can’t sit back and let this continue, let him continue without the mask being removed.”
A more detailed story of Corfman’s relationship with Moore, as well as the three other women, can be found on The Post’s website.
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