In her first interview since a bombshell Washington Post report, Leigh Corfman spoke out about her experience with Roy Moore.
In an interview with “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie, Corfman opened up about her experience — and why the allegations against Moore are only surfacing 40 years later. “It's very simple, really — I did tell people,” Corfman explained.
Corfman also explained how she feels, having finally come forward publicly about her traumatizing experience:
“I'm doing really well. I feel like a weight's been lifted. I've had huge support, which I can't say how important that has been. And I've had a lot of people that have come out and have said that because of my courage, they have been able to do the same.”
Detailing her explicit interactions with Moore, who was 32 years old at the time, Corfman differed from Moore's claim that he dated younger women.
"I wouldn't exactly call it a date," Corfman said. "At 14, I was not dating. At 14, I was not able to make those kind of choices. [...]
“He touched me over my clothing, what was left of it, and he tried to get me to touch him as well,” she explained. ”And at that point, I pulled back and said that I was not comfortable. And I got dressed, and he took me home.
“But I was a 14-year-old child trying to play in an adult's world, and he was 32 years old,” Corfman added.
Recounting her reaction to the incident, Corfman explained that she hadn't considered that she had been molested at the time:
“I don't know that I really thought about it in those terms because it wasn't part of my vocabulary. I'd been reading Harlequin romances for years at that point, and I was expecting candlelight and roses — and what I got was very different.”
“When he called again, I didn't go,” Corfman said. “I made an excuse, and I didn't go.”
Corfman explained how Moore's advances impacted her life.
“It took away a lot of the specialness of interactions with men,” she said. "It took some trust away. It allowed me to delve into some things that I wouldn't have otherwise.
“It took years for me to regain a sense of confidence in myself, and I felt guilty,” she added. “You know, I felt like I was the one that was to blame, and it was decades before I was able to let that go.”
Guthrie also prompted Corfman to explain what she thinks when she sees the picture of herself smiling at age 14 that has since been featured in the national news.
“She sure did have a lot of promise ahead of her,” Corfman answered. “And she didn't deserve to have a 32-year-old man prey upon her.”
Corfman also responded to Moore's claim that he never knew her.
“I wonder how many 'me's' he doesn't know,” she said.
You can watch the full interview from the “Today” show below.