"Allegations of sexual misconduct with her [Corfman] are completely false", Moore said during the campaign.
During the campaign, Corfman says Moore and the campaign repeatedly called her a liar and ignored her requests to stop attacking her.
On Thursday, Leigh Corfman sued Moore and his failed Republican campaign for the Senate, alleging that they defamed her "repeatedly in all forms of media, calling her a liar and questioning her motivation for publicly disclosing that Mr. Moore sexually abused her in 1979".
But now that Moore has lost his special election in Alabama and his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, has been sworn in, his wife is ready to explain her comment and reveal the identity of their "Jewish lawyer". She said her defamation suit will allow her to "seek to do what I could not do as a 14-year-old - hold Mr. Moore and those who enable him accountable". It also asks that Moore be forced to pay the legal costs of the suit and "provide further relief as permitted by law and as the Court deems appropriate".
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Montgomery County Circuit Court, also names Moore's campaign as a defendant.
Corfman's allegations came more than a month before the special election for the U.S. Senate seat on December 12.
On November 10, 2017, the day after publication of the Washington Post article, Mr. Moore appeared on The Sean Hannity Show, a nationally syndicated radio program, to disclaim knowledge of Ms. Corfman. Mr. Moore knew or should have known that Ms. Corfman's account is truthful because he was the perpetrator in the events she described.
The lawsuit cites numerous statements made by Moore and his campaign staff and surrogates denying the allegations and accusing her of not telling the truth. In a church speech, he dismissed the misconduct allegations against him as "dirty politics". Basically, they denied the claims and called her a liar, on multiple occasions.
"Mr. Moore's continued attacks against Ms. Corfman after the election and the content of his affidavit demonstrate that if not enjoined, he will continue to defame Ms. Corfman, if simply for the objective of furthering his political goals", Corfman's attorney wrote in the lawsuit.