Roy Moore files lawsuit against 3 women, alleging 'political conspiracy'

Failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore says the women who accused him of sexual assault were part of a political c...

Posted: May 1, 2018 11:57 AM
Updated: May 1, 2018 11:57 AM

Failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore says the women who accused him of sexual assault were part of a political conspiracy, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

The suit was jointly filed with his wife, Kayla, about an hour before the two held a news conference. It was Moore's first public appearance since election night in December, when Moore, a Republican, was upset by Democrat Doug Jones. The defendants include three women who made accusations against Moore as well as two other people.

"This was filed because the people of Alabama deserve to know the truth," said Melissa Isaak, an attorney representing Moore. "The accusations made against Judge Moore during the US Senate campaign arose from a political conspiracy to destroy his personal reputation and defeat him in the special Senate election for United States Senate."

The suit is asking for compensatory damages from all defendants listed along with interest from the date of the injuries and the court costs. The suit is also asking for punitive damages "in an amount that will adequately reflect the enormity of the defendants' wrongful, outrageous acts" and an amount that will prevent similar acts.

Isaak said the accusations against Moore came from three women -- Leigh Corfman, Beverly Nelson and Tina Johnson -- not nine "as the press would have you believe." She noted the accusations were also made days within each other and came out 32 days before the December election.

"They were made for no other reason than to destroy his character," she said, adding that people must look at the time and context of the allegations made.

"If someone was sexually abused, I believe the last thing they'd do is speak with The Washington Post," she said.

Isaak said the defendants have ties to each other and the Democratic Party.

The complaint says during his 40 years in public office, no "suggestion of personal impropriety" had ever been raised against Moore.

The complaint also says the "liberal media" was eager to bury Moore's candidacy and has repeated over and over that nine women accused Moore.

"In fact only three women alleged improper conduct," the complaint reads.

Corfman, through an interview with The Washington Post, accused Moore of sexual misconduct when she was 14 in 1979, according to the complaint. Nelson accused Moore on national television of attacking her when she was 16 in 1977 and throwing her out of a vehicle when she resisted, the complaint reads. Johnson accused Moore of grabbing her buttocks when she was leaving his law office in 1991.

Corfman sued Moore in January. Moore filed a countersuit in April asking a state judge to stop all proceedings in Corfman's defamation lawsuit, calling the suit "frivolous and groundless."

Corfman's attorney, Neil Roman, said in a statement to CNN that Moore's latest claims "have no more merit than those he has made before. "

"Leigh Corfman stands by the accuracy of every one of her statements about Mr. Moore's sexual abuse of her when she was a 14-year-old high school freshman and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney," the statement read. "Ms. Corfman is no longer a teenager and is not going let Mr. Moore victimize her again."

The other two people named in the complaint -- Richard Hagedorn and Debbie Wesson Gibson -- are accused of "revealing their true political agenda to ignore the truth" through social media posts that looked to "discredit local politicians and Senate candidates."

Paula Cobia, who represents Johnson, said Moore's lawsuit "is a good thing" because Moore will be deposed sooner than expected. She also added that she and her client have received death threats because of the Moore situation.

Richard Hagedorn did not provide comment, per his attorney's advice.

CNN is attempting to reach Deborah Gibson and Beverly Nelson.

Since the women's allegations went public, Isaak said Moore and his family have suffered socially and professionally. The complaint states that not only did Moore lose his bid for the US Senate seat, but also that his "opportunity to run for political office was impaired." Moore and his wife's reputation and finances were also damaged, according to the complaint.

"Every way you can possibly think, this family has been devastated," she said.

"I'm prepared to go through depositions," Moore said. He also has taken a lie detector test. "Who else is taking a lie detector test?"

Moore also told reporters he had no plans to run for office, so that's not his motive for filing the suit.

"I'm fueled by the truth," he said.

West Lafayette
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 74°
Kokomo
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 68°
Rensselaer
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 64°
Fowler
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 64°
Williamsport
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 68°
Crawfordsville
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 68°
Frankfort
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 68°
Delphi
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 69°
Monticello
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 69°
Logansport
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 68°
Turning Warmer & More Humid, Then Big Cool-Down
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 76522

Reported Deaths: 3086
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion16194731
Lake7742281
Elkhart495586
Allen4040163
St. Joseph361083
Hamilton2887104
Vanderburgh205313
Hendricks1943108
Cass18069
Johnson1794119
Porter136239
Clark130750
Tippecanoe124511
Madison103066
LaPorte93530
Howard92065
Kosciusko87212
Floyd82249
Bartholomew82147
Marshall79423
Monroe76732
Delaware76052
Vigo71411
Dubois71312
Boone69746
Noble69029
Hancock68839
Jackson5975
Warrick58830
Shelby56828
LaGrange56610
Grant53130
Dearborn51628
Morgan48934
Clinton4504
Henry41820
Wayne38810
White37711
Montgomery36021
Lawrence35727
Harrison35224
Decatur34232
Putnam3218
Daviess27920
Miami2772
Scott27310
Jasper2572
Greene25434
Franklin24715
DeKalb2384
Gibson2334
Jennings22812
Steuben2153
Ripley2138
Carroll2003
Fayette1957
Perry18713
Posey1800
Starke1807
Orange17824
Wells1782
Fulton1732
Wabash1715
Jefferson1662
Knox1640
Whitley1566
Tipton14912
Washington1441
Sullivan1411
Spencer1393
Clay1315
Huntington1273
Randolph1274
Newton12110
Adams1172
Owen1051
Jay920
Rush894
Pulaski821
Fountain762
Brown752
Blackford662
Ohio656
Benton640
Pike620
Vermillion590
Parke551
Switzerland530
Martin500
Crawford450
Union410
Warren241
Unassigned0208

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events