Roy Moore, the embattled former U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama, is pleading for help to pay for legal fees relating to a lawsuit from an Alabama woman who alleges that he sexually molested her when she was 14-years-old.
"My resources have been depleted and I have struggled to make ends meet, but I have not lost my faith in our God, who is our true source of strength and will never leave or forsake us," Moore, a Republican, wrote on Facebook. He hopes to raise at least $250,000 to cover his legal costs.
Moore's accuser, Leigh Corfman, filed a defamation lawsuit against him in January. Civil lawsuits are sometimes used as an alternative when the statute of limitations for criminal charges has expired.
Corfman told The Washington Post in November that Moore allegedly took her to his house, undressed her, and touched her sexually. The incident allegedly happened back in 1979, when Moore was a 32-year-old district attorney and Corfman was 14. The accusations jarred Moore’s Alabama special Senate race, as the issue catapulted into the national spotlight.
What has Moore said about the allegations?
Moore has vehemently denied the allegations, calling them “politically motivated,” “completely false” and “malicious.” During a Fox News appearance, he told host Sean Hannity that he has never even met Corfman. In turn, Corfman claims Moore's comments defamed her.
Corfman’s lawsuit seeks legal costs, a judgment, a public apology from Moore and an agreement that he cannot publicly attack her. She is seeking no monetary damages for the case, The Post reported.
"I now face another vicious attack from lawyers in Washington D. C. and San Francisco who have hired one of the biggest firms in Birmingham, Alabama to bring another legal action against me and ensure that I never fight again,” Moore wrote.
“However, I will trust God that he will allow truth to prevail against the unholy forces of evil behind their attack," he added.
Moore has yet to concede his loss to Democratic opponent Doug Jones.
He says his plight was brought on by a system of evil working in concert with an earthly system that wants to silence his message about preserving the Constitution and godly values. The system includes “the Washington establishment, the Republican Party, the Democrat Party, the ultra-liberal media and people such as George Soros, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and many others who fear the truth," he wrote on Facebook.
Moore’s Facebook post received 997 “likes” as of Saturday morning. Of those, 697 were the “laughing face” emoji.
Does he have a history of controversy and conflict?
A New York Times profile on Moore portrays him as a person prone to controversy and conflict.
Moore was twice removed from his post as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Moore had a 5,280-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments installed the state judicial building, then dismissed a federal court order to remove it. He also believes homosexuality should be illegal and Muslims should not serve in Congress.