ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. - Roy Moore, who battled allegations of inappropriate activity with teenage girls during his failed 2017 campaign for Senate, is filing a second defamation lawsuit stemming from that campaign.
The former Republican candidate filed a new lawsuit Wednesday in Etowah County against political action committees that put out campaign ads against Moore in the 2017 race.
Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore by a narrow margin in December to win the Senate seat that was vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became U.S. Attorney General.
During the campaign, Moore battled accusations from several women who claimed he had inappropriate relationships with them while they were teenagers.In his new lawsuit, Moore claims Highway 31, an Alabama-based PAC that spent money support Jones in the race, was responsible for campaign ads that were false and defamatory.
The lawsuit names several other groups and their representatives, including Longleaf Strategies, Bully Pulpit Interactive, Waterfront Strategies, and Priorities USA.
"Each listed defendant knew or should have known that the content of the advertisements disseminated during the 2017 US special Senate election was false," Moore attorney Melissa Isaak said. "The ads were misleading and misrepresented statements of facts, and they intended to mislead residents."
Isaak said the ads contained allegations that continued to run after information in them was refuted. The ads "contributed significantly" to Moore's loss, she said.
"This was a political hit," Isaak said. "We maintain that, hands-down. But there's this political climate where there's allegations but nobody seems to be fighting back ... that's what the judge is doing right here. He's fighting back."
Moore has already sued five people for defamation, four of them women who came out with accusations during the campaign. Moore claims the allegations were part of an organized conspiracy to keep him from being elected to the Senate.
One of the women Moore sued, Leigh Corfman, has sued Moore for defamation in Montgomery County.