Failed Alabama Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore filed a lawsuit Monday claiming he was the victim of a political conspiracy.
The 71-year-old ex-judge who lost a special Senate election to Democrat Doug Jones in December claims several of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct conspired against him in a politically-motivated slander campaign.
“The accusations made against Judge Moore during the U.S. Senate campaign arose from a political conspiracy to destroy his personal reputation and defeat him in the special Senate election,” Moore’s attorney, Melissa Isaak, said in a statement.
The lawsuit lists four of Moore’s nine accusers: Leigh Corfman, Debbie Wesson Gibson, Beverly Young Nelson and Tina Johnson, Isaak said during a press conference in Gadsen, Ala.
The suit charges the women “worked together” to intentionally defame Moore by falsely accusing him of sexual assault and harassment. Several of Moore’s accusers allege they were in their teens when Moore molested them.
Moore reiterated his vehement denials of the women’s accusation during Monday’s press conference.
“I never knew them,” the Republican said in his first public appearance since losing the Dec.12 election. “There is no truth to (the accusations).”
Moore’s election loss posed an embarrassing defeat in what should have been an easy Republican win, according to political pundits.
An avalanche of news reports on the shocking allegations against Moore sent his poll numbers plunging. Many of the accusers provided detailed and disturbing evidence to back up their allegations, including handwritten notes from Moore.
The combative Alabama election made national headlines after Trump stunned political observers by endorsing the scandal-scarred Moore days before Election Day.
“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump, who’s himself accused of sexual misconduct by nearly two dozen women, tweeted on Dec. 4.