Leigh Corfman, the first woman to accuse Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of molestation and sexual assault, is speaking out about the long-ago incidents in her first television interview Monday.
During the interview, which airs on NBC’s “Today” show, Corfman explained that calling out Moore was not her idea — she was approached by the media to go on the record with her story.
“The Washington Post sought me out. I didn’t go looking for this. It fell in my lap,” Corfman told NBC about her decision to talk about Moore. “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 did not explain how the Post became aware of her experiences 40 years earlier.
Corfman described how Moore sexually assaulted her in 1979 when she was 14 years old and he was 32. She said at first, she told two of her good friends about what happened with Moore.
“I did tell people. 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 said.
She claims that she was going to confront Moore in 2000 or 2001, but then decided against the idea.
“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.”
“The second time, I actually sat down with my children, who were then in junior high and elementary school, and I told them a high overview and gave them the ability to make the decision. 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,” she added.
Corfman first went public with her story on Nov. 9. Since then, at least eight other women have alleged inappropriate sexual advances from Moore when he was in his early 30s.