Leigh Corfman, first accuser of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, spoke out about the events that led up to her coming out publicly with claims of sexual misconduct against Moore.
Corfman revealed that she didn't "go looking for this" during the Monday airing of NBC's "Today," and detailed why and how she decided to go public about her alleged encounter with Moore in 1979. Corfman said that Moore took her to his house when she was 14 years old, where he undressed her, groped her, and placed her hand on his underwear.
What did she say?
Corfman said that she had previously decided several times not to go public with her story, but she was convinced when The Washington Post approached her with what appeared to be an investigative story. Corfman said that she only agreed to speak with the Post if the newspaper was able to locate other alleged victims.
"The Washington Post sought me out. I didn't go looking for this. It fell in my lap," she told host Savannah Guthrie. "It literally fell in my lap."
She added, "I had to make a decision and I told them that at that time — the reporters who were all just wonderful to me — that if they found additional people, that I would tell my story."
Corfman, 53, revealed that she had told other people about the allegations — namely family and friends.
"I did tell people," Corfman admitted. "My family knew, family friends knew, my friends knew. I spent a lot of time every time he came up railing against, you know, him and what he had done to me when I was 14 years old."
Corfman revealed that on one occasion, she planned to confront Moore over the reported misconduct.
"I was a single parent and when you're in that situation you do everything you can to protect your own," Corfman explained. "And I sat in the courthouse parking lot and thought, you know, 'I'm going in. I'm going to confront him.' And this is about 2000, 2001. And I wanted to walk into his office and say, 'Hey remember me. You need to knock this stuff off. You need to go public.' My children were small so I didn't do it."
Corfman on a second occasion said that she decided not to go public when her children — who, by this point, were aware of their mother's circumstance — were "afraid" for their story to come out.
"The second time, I actually sat down with my children who were then junior high and elementary school, and I told them a high overview and gave them the ability to make the decision," Corfman said. "They were afraid that with all their social connections they would be castigated in their groups. And we decided together that we wouldn't do it at that time."
What did she say about going public with these allegations?
Corfman expressed her pleasure at being able to inspire others to come out with their own similar stories.
Corfman explained, "Here's the beauty of what has happened: The support has been amazing. Women and men have come forward to tell their stories that have never had the ability to do so because of my courageous actions."
When Guthrie showed a photo of Corfman when she was 14 years old, Corfman said, "She sure did have a lot of promise ahead of her. And she didn’t deserve to have a 32-year-old man prey upon her."
Moore, now 70, and his campaign have claimed that the allegations are fabricated.