Only one day after his Democratic challenger, Doug Jones, was sworn into the United States Senate, Republican Roy Moore now finds himself preparing to go to state court in Birmingham, Alabama.
Leigh Corfman, one of the women who famously accused Moore of sexual misconduct when she was only 14-year-old and he was a District Attorney in his 30s, is suing him for defamation after he launched a campaign to publicly discredit her.
Rather than seek financial damages beyond her legal costs, however, Corfman is “asking for a declaratory judgment of defamation, a public apology from Moore, and a court-enforced ban on him or his campaign publicly attacking her again,” according to The Washington Post.
She has sought “to do what I could not do as a 14-year-old — hold Mr. Moore and those who enable him accountable.”
Moore has been mired in scandal since The Washington Post published a bombshell report in which four women – a number that has since grown precipitously – stepped forward to accuse Roy Moore, at the time a District Attorney in his 30s, of engaging in sexual behavior while they were between the ages of 14- and 18-years-old. The story was corroborated by over 30 sources.
In his desperation to discredit his numerous accusers of sexual misconduct and pedophilia, Moore went so far as to claim at a campaign event that his victims are not to be trusted because real victims would never allow their faces to be seen in the news.
“I’ve represented many victims in cases such as this. I have not seen one who wanted her picture posted on national TV, especially in a political advertisement. The truth is, this is not really odd at all. It is simply dirty politics and it’s a sign of the immorality of our time,” Moore said.
In other words, he decided that real sexual assault and rape victims are only found in the shadows and as soon as they speak up, their credibility is decimated. How convenient that would be for people like him.
The fact that Moore, as a Republican in perhaps the most conservative state in the country, failed to win in Alabama is a testament, however, to just how believable his smear campaign against these women was. He can continue to deny the obvious, but Corfman is about to get some long-awaited justice.