A woman is accusing the Republican nominee in Alabama for a Senate seat of having a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old, according to The Washington Post.
The Post on Thursday reported that Leigh Corfman, who is now 53, said that Roy Moore engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with her in 1979 when he was 32.
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore, who is now 70, said in a written statement.
Moore’s campaign said in a subsequent statement that if the allegations were true they would have emerged during his previous campaigns.
“This garbage is the very definition of fake news,” the second statement regarding the accusations said.
Corfman said she met Moore when he was serving as an assistant district attorney in Etowah County, Alabama in 1979.
Moore offered to watch her while her mother – 71-year-old Nancy Wells – went inside a courtroom for a child custody hearing.
Corfman said Moore asked for her phone number during the encounter and that days later he picked her up from her home in Gadsden, Alabama.
Moore drove her to his home in the woods 30 minutes away, she added, and he later made a second visit.
Corfman said that Moore touched her over her bra and underpants before guiding her hand to touch him over his underwear.
“I wanted it over with – I wanted out,” she said she recalls thinking at the time. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
Corfman said that she did not have sexual intercourse with Moore, who took her home when she requested he do so.
The Post also reported that they discovered three other women who said Moore pursued them between the ages of 16 and 18 when he was in his 30s.
All three women said they had never had any sexual contact with Moore besides kissing, and the legal age of consent in Alabama, then and now, is 16.
One women said that Moore brought bottles of wine on their dates when she was 18, despite Alabama’s legal drinking age at the time being 19.
Moore is campaigning against former federal prosecutor Doug Jones, a Democrat, ahead of Alabama’s special election next December.
The pair are competing for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions after President Trump made him attorney general earlier this year.