Republican Roy Moore of Alabama is suing the women who accused him of sexual improprieties as he campaigned for the Senate last year, claiming the three accusers were part of a political conspiracy to tank his candidacy.
Moore lost the special election last December to Democrat Doug Jones in GOP-friendly Alabama largely because of accusation leveled at Moore from multiple women who alleged Moore pursued sexual or romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was a prosecutor in his 30s.
"We intend to show the people of Alabama that a political conspiracy came about to ruin his campaign for Senate and to defame him, to defame his character so the people of Alabama would not vote for him in the special Senate election," Moore's attorney Melissa Isaak said Monday during a news conference in Gadsden, Ala.
One of the women, Leigh Corfman, sued Moore for defamation earlier this year alleging that he and his associates defamed her by saying she fabricated her story.
"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," Neil Roman, an attorney for Corfman said in a statement.