Roy Moore files complaint against accusers

Moore claims the accusers' allegations were untrue and politically motivated.

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 3:49 PM

Former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice has filed a complaint against some of the women who came out with allegations of misconduct during his failed campaign for U.S. Senate.

Moore filed a complaint Monday in Etowah County against Richard Hagedorn and accusers Debbie Wesson, Beverly Young Nelson, Leigh Corfman and Tina Johnson, claiming political conspiracy and defamation of character.

"We intend to show the people of Alabama that a political conspiracy came about to ruin his campaign for Senate and to defame him, defame his character, so that the people of Alabama would not vote for him during the special Senate election," Moore's attorney said in a news conference Monday afternoon in Etowah County.

Moore and his attorney both raised questions about the timing of the complaints, which came during his run for U.S. Senate in December. Moore ultimately lost the race to Democrat Doug Jones.

"If you read the complaint, you're going to see the political conspiracy," Moore said. "And even the press should be able to see a political conspiracy for what it is."

The woman all came forward with claims during the Senate campaign that Moore had acted inappropriately toward them. Several of the women said they were teenagers at the time.

Corfman has sued Moore for defamation in Montgomery County, and Moore has countersued in that case. He also asked his supporters to donate to help him with legal expenses in that case.

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