Washington Post: Roy Moore accused of sexual encounter with teen
Republican Roy Moore is being forced to respond to a story, that if true, already has other top Republicans saying he should step down as his party's nominee in the race for U.S. Senate.
According to a Washington Post report, Gadsden resident Leigh Corfman claims that she had a sexual encounter with Moore when she was just 14 years old and Moore was a 32-year old assistant district attorney in Etowah County.
Moore called the allegations "completely false and a desperate political attack."
Thursday afternoon, Moore's campaign chairman Bill Armistead released a statement saying, " The post has already endorsed the judge's opponent and for months has engaged in a systematic campaign to distort the truth about the judge's record and career and derail his campaign."
Corfman still lives in Gadsden. She was not home when ABC 33/40 tried to speak to her. Her neighbor told ABC 33/40 he spoke to her by phone and that she said she has no intentions of speaking with other media members about her claims.
ABC 33/40 located a man who says he's Corfman's former boyfriend.
Mike Ortiz says he dated Corfman for two years, around 2009 and 2010. He has since married another woman.
Ortiz said during his time dating Corfman, she would mention she hated Roy Moore when he came on the news. He says one day, she told him about an experience she had with Moore that included a sexual encounter.
“I believed her,” said Ortiz. “I mean, I believe her. I don't you know, I think she always fought with whether to come out with it public or not, you know internally what she needed to do with it to let people know about it., But, I believed her when she told me and I still believe her. She wouldn't lie about something like that.”
Thursday afternoon, Alabama’s senior Senator Richard Shelby responded to the Washington Post story:
“If these allegations are true, there is no place for Roy Moore in the United States Senate."
A similar comment came from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "If these allegations are true, he must step aside,"
It's important to note that McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund opposed Moore in the runoff election and Shelby supported Senator Luther Strange’s efforts to keep his seat.
The report comes one month prior to the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama where Moore faces Democratic challenger Doug Jones.
Governor Ivey responded to the allegations, saying,
These allegations are deeply disturbing. I will hold judgment until we know the facts. The people of Alabama deserve to know the truth and will make their own decisions.
The Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign released the following statement:
Today, the Judge Roy Moore Campaign for U.S. Senate issued a statement responding to yet another baseless political attack by the Washington Post, a paper that has endorsed Judge Moore’s opponent. Moore campaign chair Bill Armistead released the following statement on Thursday afternoon:
“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.