A woman who accuses Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually molesting her when she was 14 spoke out Monday in a TV interview.
Leigh Corfman alleges that Moore pursued a sexual relationship with her in 1979, when he was an assistant district attorney, after he befriended her at a courthouse.
“Roy Moore denies these allegations and further says that he does not even know you.” -@savannahguthrie
“I wonder how many mes he doesn’t know.” -Leigh Corfman pic.twitter.com/D7X9hlo4BL
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 20, 2017
Corfman alleges that Moore drove her to his home and kissed her. The Washington Post reported:
On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
“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.
Corfman said Moore's abuse caused her years of emotional distress.
"It took years for me to regain a sense of confidence in myself and I felt guilty. I felt like I was the one that was to blame. It was decades before I was able to let that go," she told Savannah Guthrie on NBC's "Today Show."
Moore has denied the allegations, including by several other women, and resisted calls for him to end his campaign.
Corfman, who said she's a Republican, emphasized that she was not paid to tell her story after being contacted by Washington Post reporters.
"If anything, this has cost me. I had to take leave from my job," she said.
Corfman said close friends and family members have known about the story for many years, explaining she declined to come forward previously because she had young children.
Reacting on "Happening Now," Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Judith Miller said Corfman sounds "very credible" but voters will ultimately decide whether to believe Moore's nine accusers.
The former state supreme court justice said it was "very curious" that McConnell called for him to step aside immediately after Corfman's allegations were published.
"I believe with all of my heart that Mitch McConnell and the establishment are in cahoots with the Democrats to stop this campaign," he said.
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