WaPo: Woman claims Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14

ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A woman says she had a sexual encounter with Roy Moore when she was 14 years old, according to a piece in The Washington Post.

Leigh Corfman says Moore, then 32 years old, offered to stay with her while her mother went inside the courtroom for a child custody hearing. Corfman says Moore asked for her phone number, and a few days later he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden and drove her to his home in the woods. Corfman says he told her she was pretty and kissed her.

During another visit, Corfman says Moore took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear, according to The Washington Post.

Three other women also say Moore pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. None of those three women say that Moore forced them into any sort of sexual contact.

"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.

The campaign said in a subsequent statement that if the allegations were true they would have surfaced during his previous campaigns, adding "this garbage is the very definition of fake news."

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, according to campaign reports.

We spoke with Corfman on Friday. She states, "I stand by my comments. The article is very detailed, anyone with questions should please re-read it. And I want to say thank you to my friends and others who have supported me and my story."

On Thursday, Moore's Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead released the following statement:

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.

A brief statement from the Doug Jones campaign was released. They simply say, "Roy Moore needs to answer these serious charges."

"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," said Governor Kay Ivey about the allegations.

Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary released the following statement: "The Vice President found the allegations in the story disturbing and believes, if true, this would disqualify anyone from serving in office."

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded on Thursday and said, "If these allegations are true, he must step aside."

In a statement, Alabama Senator Richard Shelby said, "If that's true, I don't believe there'd be any place for him in the United States Senate."

Arizona Senator John McCain said the following: "The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of."

To read more about the allegations against Moore, click this link to The Washington Post article.

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