The attorney for one of Roy Moore’s accusers said in a statement following the Senate candidate’s speech Saturday in Vestavia Hills that the women are being attacked for making their claims.
And that’s one reason they hesitated to describe their sexual or romantic encounters as teens with Moore almost 40 years ago.
In a speech at the Mid-Alabama Republican Club, Moore said it was “absolutely unbelievable” that the accusers would wait decades before making their charges.
Moore has denied the allegations in The Post story repeatedly and did so again on Saturday.
“I have not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone,” Moore said, calling the allegations “a desperate attempt to stop his campaign.”
The statement from Paula Cobia, attorney for Gloria Thacker Deason, reiterated what The Washington Post reported in its story Thursday revealing the claims of the four women: That they were approached by The Post reporters and did not seek the spotlight.
Along with Deason, an attorney for Leigh Corfman — who The Post reported claimed that, when she was 14, Moore removed her clothing and touched her over her bra and underpants while also guiding her hand to touch him over his underpants — has confirmed to AL.com that their accounts were accurately reported by The Post.
The Post reported that four women said they had sexual or romantic interludes with Moore – then in his early 30s — when they were teenagers in Etowah County in northeast Alabama.
Deason has been the most outspoken of the four women, also releasing a statement via Cobin on Friday.
Here is the full statement from Deason via her attorney:
Once, again, Roy Moore is publicly making defamatory statements about the 4 brave women named in The Washington Post by calling them liars and accusing them of bribery and conspiracy. He knows full well why these women did not tell what he did to them before this week. As young teenage girls in the late 1970’s in a small, rural southern town, they had no way of knowing their rights, especially against him considering that he was a district attorney at the time. As he gained more power within the Alabama judiciary, they likely feared that he would publicly persecute them….precisely as he has done this week.
Why did the women speak out now? Because someone (The Post reporters) finally showed up at their doors and asked them to tell what he did to them.
On behalf of my client, Ms. Deason, I publicly demand that Roy Moore immediately retract his defamatory statements.