Roy Moore was recently nominated to run for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney Genera Jeff Sessions. The Republican has long been a controversial figure for his politics. Now he’s facing a new challenge. A woman has accused Moore of sexual misconduct with her when she was just 14-years-old.
“Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala,” the Washington Post writes. “She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.”
This was back in 1979. Moore was just 32, and working as an assistant district attorney. Corfman’s mother was at the courthouse for 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, remembers. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
The incident was just the beginning, allegedly. What began that afternoon would keep progressing. First phone calls, and then clandestine meetings in the woods where the two undressed and touched each other.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” Corfman told the Post. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
At the time, the girl confided in friends. One claims she even named Moore.
“Aside from Corfman,” the Post writes, “three other women interviewed by The Washington Post in recent weeks say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and 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.”
“Wendy Miller says she was 14 and working as a Santa’s helper at the Gadsden Mall when Moore first approached her, and 16 when he asked her on dates, which her mother forbade. Debbie Wesson Gibson says she was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class and asked her out on the first of several dates that did not progress beyond kissing. Gloria Thacker Deason says she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore began taking her on dates that included bottles of Mateus Rosé wine. The legal drinking age in Alabama was 19.”
Moore is denying the allegations. He is, after all, the President and Founder of the Foundation for Moral Law.
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore, now 70, said in a statement.
Why, the campaign asks, were these allegations not brought up in any of his other campaigns over the last 40 years. “This garbage is the very definition of fake news.”
“Corfman,” the Post retors, “works as a customer service representative at a payday loan business, says she has voted for Republicans in the past three presidential elections, including for Donald Trump in 2016. She says she thought of confronting Moore personally for years, and almost came forward publicly during his first campaign for state Supreme Court in 2000, but decided against it. 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.”
“There is no one here that doesn’t know that I’m not an angel,” Corfman agrees.
Yet these women didn’t come forward on their own. The Post’s investigative team, working in the area, picked up rumors about Moore’s habits. After asking around, they found these four women, each of whom talked about their experiences.
“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,” they write.
“I have prayed over this,” Corfman says, “All I know is that I can’t sit back and let this continue, let him continue without the mask being removed.”