Leigh Corfman, who says Alabama Senate Republican nominee Roy Moore touched her sexually when she was 14 and he was 32, rejected his claim that he has never met her, saying Monday in her first television interview, “I wonder how many ‘me’s’ he doesn’t know.”
Corfman, who is 53, was interviewed on NBC's "Today" show 11 days after her account first appeared in The Washington Post. She said she met Moore, then an assistant district attorney, in early 1979 when she was sitting on a bench with her mother outside a courtroom at the Etowah County Courthouse in Gadsden, Ala.
Days later, she said, Moore picked her up around the corner from her house, brought her to his home, and touched her over her bra and underwear and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
“I didn’t deserve to have a 32-year-old man prey upon me,” Corfman said in the television interview.
Moore told Sean Hannity of Fox News he had never met Corfman, though he did not rule out dating teenagers when he was in his early 30s.
The Post has written about five other women who say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 22, several of them while they were working at the Gadsden Mall in the late '70s and early '80s.
Another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, said at a New York City news conference with attorney Gloria Allred that Moore assaulted her when she was 16 years old. Two other women have described inappropriate behavior by Moore to Al.com. Some of the women say they were inspired to come forward after Corfman spoke publicly.
The allegations have led to mounting calls from Republicans in Congress for Moore to drop out of the race, but he has denied wrongdoing and declared he will keep campaigning. Some Moore supporters have suggested the women were paid to make up stories about Moore, which Corfman denied.
“If anything this has cost me,” she said in the television interview. “I’ve had to take leave from my job. I have no tickets to Tahiti and my bank account has not flourished.”