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“The statements made by Leigh Corfman to The Washington Post were fabricated and malicious and made with the sole intent of defaming Mr. Moore so as to damage his reputation in the community, state, and nation and prevented his election to the U.S. Senate,” according to court documents.
In the counterclaim, Moore additionally alleges that “no evidence other than the self-serving testimony of Leigh Corfman exists to support her contention that she was sexually abused or pursued romantically by Mr. Moore when she was 14 years of age.”
Moore has repeatedly denied the sexual abuse allegations that surfaced during the Senate race late last year.
“This is and has been a political attempt to smear the good name and reputation of Judge Roy Moore and we will not let this injustice continue,” one of his attorneys, Melissa Isaak said.
The countersuit comes after Montgomery Circuit Judge Ronan Shaul denied a motion by Moore’s legal team to dismiss Corfman’s defamation lawsuit. Shaul also declined to move the legal proceedings from Montgomery to Etowah County, where both Moore and Corfman are residents.
“We also continue to argue that this case should be tried in Etowah County, and wonder why Leigh Corfman has chosen to file this case in Montgomery and not Etowah, where both she and Judge Moore reside and where her character and reputation are well-known,” Isaak added.
Both Moore and Corfman are slated to appear in court Thursday for the first hearing on the mater.