Speaking out

Woman who said she was targeted by Roy Moore at age 14 elaborates on disturbing alleged encounter

Leigh Corman. (YouTube / NBC News)

An Alabama woman who accused Roy Moore of sexually abusing her when she was a 14-year-old girl has responded to the Senate candidate’s claim that he doesn’t know her, telling NBC’s Today show that she wonders “how many ‘me’s’ he doesn’t know.”

“I didn’t deserve to have a 32-year-old man prey upon me,” said Leigh Corman, 53, on Monday, adding that she was just a “14-year-old child playing in an adult’s world” when Moore allegedly asked for her number while looking after her while her mother attended a custody hearing. Corman had told The Washington Post that Moore called her a few days afterward, and drove her to his house where he kissed her and stripped her down to her underwear. After taking his own clothes off, he allegedly fondled her through her underwear and “guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.”

“I was expecting candlelight and roses, what I got was very different,” Corman told TODAY. “I felt guilty. I felt like I was the one to blame. It was decades before I was able to let that go.”

Corman also said that her “family knew, family friends knew” about the incident for years before she was contacted by the Post. And in spite of the hostility she’s faced in the wake of coming forward, she said was glad to have made a positive impact on “people like me” who were afraid to speak out about the sexual abuse they endured

At least eight other women, including five of whom were teenagers at the time of the alleged encounters, have accused Moore of sexually harassing or molesting them. A campaign spokesman for Moore has dismissed the accusations as a liberal conspiracy, saying in a statement that “if you are a liberal and hate Judge Moore, apparently he groped you.” In a press conference on Friday, female supporters of Moore also denounced the alleged victims’ claims as fraudulent, with many of them suggesting that the women had likely been paid to lie by Mitch McConnell.

Watch the full interview below.

Read the full story at NBC News.

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