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Alabama woman who accused Roy Moore of sexual abuse sues for defamation

From Reuters - January 4, 2018

(Reuters) - An Alabama woman who accused former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing her when she was 14 years old sued Moore and his campaign on Thursday for what she said was defamation.

Leigh Corfmans lawsuit, filed in Alabamas Montgomery County Circuit Court, cited negative attacks by Moore and his supporters after she made her accusations. The lawsuit, seen by Reuters, seeks a judgment of defamation, a public apology, andlegal costs.

By this lawsuit, I seek to do what I could not do as a 14-year-oldhold Mr. Moore and those who enable him accountable, Corfman said in a statement that was emailed by her attorneys.

Moore, Alabamas former chief judge, has denied the allegations, calling them completely false and a desperate political attack. [nL1N1NF2I7]

Representatives of his campaign could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.

Moore, a Republican known for staunchly conservative views, was defeated in Alabamas special election for the U.S. Senate last month. Doug Jones became the first Democrat sent to the Senate from Republican stronghold Alabama in a quarter century. [nL1N1OE2H8]

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