After his failed bid for a US Senate seat in Alabama last year, Roy Moore has filed a lawsuit alleging that the women who accused him during the campaign of sexual misconduct from years prior were part of a political conspiracy against him.
Just an hour before a joint news conference with his wife, Kayla, Moore and his spouse filed the suit in Etowah County against defendants Leigh Corfman, Tina Johnson, Beverly Young Nelson and Debbie Wesson Gibson. A friend of Corfman's, Richard Hagedorn, was also named.
Moore's attorney, Melissa Isaak said, "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."
The plaintiffs are asking for both compensatory and punitive damages "in an amount that will adequately reflect the enormity of the defendants' wrongful, outrageous acts" and an amount high enough to deter future accusations.
Last year's special election between Moore, the Republican, and Democrat Doug Jones became dramatic when the female defendants publicly accused Moore of acting inappropriately toward them when they were teenagers while Moore was in his 30's.
One accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, presented her high school yearbook signed by Moore as evidence that the two were acquainted. But she later admitted to adding her own writing to Moore's alleged inscription, so that —according to her attorney —she could later "remind herself of who Roy Moore was, and when and where Roy Moore signed her yearbook."
At the time, Moore's campaign called the allegations a witch hunt.
In January 2017, another accuser, Leigh Corfman, filed a defamation lawsuit against Moore, causing him to plead for help from the public to cover the costs of his legal defense. In April, Moore, in turn, sued Corfman for defamation.
No stranger to controversy, Moore was formerly elected twice to serve as chief justice of Alabama, and removed from the bench both times. First, he was kicked off for refusing to comply with removing a monument from the Alabama Judicial Building which displayed the Ten Commandments, and the second time for resisting federal orders in regard to same-sex marriage.