Woman comes forward with sexual allegations against Roy Moore

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The Washington Post published an exclusive report Thursday, in which a woman identified as Leigh Corfman said former Alabama Judge Roy Moore, now a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, sexually molested her in 1979, when she was 14 years old and he was 32.

Corfman said she was waiting with her mother outside an Etowah County, Alabama, courtroom one day in 1979 when Moore, then an assistant district attorney, walked up to visit with them and introduced himself. Moore offered to stay with the girl while her mother went inside the courtroom for a child custody hearing.

While the mother was gone, Moore reportedly asked the girl for her phone number. Days later, he arranged to pick her up around the corner from her home, took her on a 30-minute drive to his home, and kissed her. On the second visit, he reportedly sexually molested her.

“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 say she told them at the time that she was seeing an older man, and one says Corfman identified the man as Moore. Wells says her daughter told her about the encounter more than a decade later, as Moore was becoming more prominent as a local judge.

The Washington Post reported that, in addition to Corman, they have interviewed three other women in recent weeks who also say Moore “pursued them” while they were teens and he was in his early 30s. At first, they said it felt “flattering” that an older man would be interested in them. Corfman was the only one who said Moore’s advances went beyond kissing.

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange (R), who lost to Moore in the GOP primary, said upon learning of the allegations, “It’s a very, very disturbing report. That’s all I have to say. I’ve just seen it, and I’ll have more to say.”

A number of Republican senators are calling on Moore to step aside if the allegations are true, although the Washington Post noted, “Even if he does, McConnell and other Republicans will face the challenge of figuring out what candidate would run in Moore’s place — and how to win an election in which it is too late to replace the former judge’s name on the Dec. 12 ballot.”

“The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.”

“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stated.

Moore is denying the report. “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and The Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore wrote in a statement.

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