GOP Alabama State Senate hopeful Roy Moore holds a number of widely unpopular beliefs, among them that “homosexual conduct should be illegal.”
Now you can add another (alleged) controversial position to Moore’s platform: The former judge apparently thinks it’s appropriate for a 32-year-old to have sexual contact with a 14-year-old.
In an explosive report filed by The Washington Post, multiple women have come forward to allege that Moore pursued them when they were young teenagers.
As the reaction to the strikingly similar Kevin Spacey allegations (not to mention common sense and the rule of law) tells us, this viewpoint doesn’t mesh well with society at large.
One instance in particular, bravely shared by now-53-year-old Leigh Corfman, paints a particularly damning portrait of Moore when he was a young assistant district attorney in Alabama.
Corfman was 14 in 1979 when she went with her mother to the Etowah County courthouse. The two were sitting on a bench outside when she says Moore approached and introduced himself.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
Corfman says that when the two were alone, Moore asked for her phone number. Then a few days later, he picked her up and drove her to his home, where he seduced and kissed her.
Then during another visit, he removed her shirt and pants and took off his own clothing. She says he touched her over her underwear and moved her hand to touch him over his underwear.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” Corfman tells the Post. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
Corfman says she pulled away and asked Moore to bring her home. He did.
“I wasn’t ready for that — I had never put my hand on a man’s penis, much less an erect one,” Corfman adds.
The Post has confirmed that Corfman’s mother was at the courthouse in February 1979 by examining divorce records. Moore’s office was reportedly just down the hall.
The paper also spoke with multiple other women who claim Moore pursued them as teens, though none of them say Moore forced them to do anything.
Moore categorically denies any of this took place.
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” he said.
Drawing from the Donald Trump playbook, Moore’s campaign added in a statement that “this garbage is the very definition of fake news.”
The Post reports that Corfman told her story consistently over the course of six interviews.
Corfman says she “thought of confronting Moore personally for years” and that she almost contacted the press with her story during Moore’s first campaign for state Supreme Court in 2000. She was worried about how the attention would affect her two children, both still in school then.
You can read the entire report here and decide for yourself if it’s “fake news.”