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Friend says Roy Moore's accuser told her of sexual assault

Friend says Roy Moore's accuser told her of sexual assault
Posted at 5:52 AM, Dec 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-09 01:30:24-05

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - A friend of the woman accusing the senatorial candidate of sexual abuse has corroborated her story.

Betsy Rutenberg Davis lives in California but grew up in Gadsden, AL, the hometown of judge Roy Moore.

She is friends with Leigh Corfman, the woman who said Moore sexually abused her when she was a 14-year-old girl, an allegation that Moore denies.

Davis is one of the two friends Corfman has said she told at the time.

"Leigh and I grew up together. I've known her since we were babies," she said.

Corfman confided in Davis when both were 14.

"She told me she snuck out of the house and went on a date with Roy Moore, and he had sexually assaulted her," Davis said.

Davis understood who Moore was at the time. "He was a big lawyer. He was a powerful guy. He was supposed to put criminals in jail," she said. "I knew he was a lot older. I didn't know he was 32."

Davis described the incident.

"I remember her saying that he made a pallet on the floor - maybe with blankets, something like that," Davis said. "And he came out of his room with nothing but tighty whiteys, which is what's called white jockey underwear. They started to fool around, and he guided her, to - it's like he was trying to teach her what to do, and she wanted no part of it, and she told him so."

Davis said the incident left Corfman feeling "definitely creeped out."

She said she advised Corfman not to date Moore again. 

"I said, 'You cannot see him again. He's too old for you. You're too young for him. You've got your life ahead of you. You have to go to college and, you know, live your life,'" Davis said.

Davis said she wasn't mature enough at 14 to realize how mentally and psychologically debilitating it is for a 14-year-old to be with a man.

"I don't think I understood that, but what my mother always said to be and drilled into my head was, you know, in terms of sex, men take what they want, and it's always the woman's fault," Davis said. "And I knew if she went down this path, she would be blamed, and she was the one who was going to be left behind, and it wouldn't affect him at all. So I told her, as my friend, get out, this is no good."

She said the girls didn't tell any adults about what happened.

"We felt were were equipped to handle it. We decided it wasn't a good idea. Nobody wanted to get in trouble, and we didn't think anybody would believe us," Davis said.

Betsy Davis and her husband Charlie live in Los Angeles and are the parents of two boys.

He said he's known about this for 19 years.

"I met Leigh in Gadsden," Charlie Davis said. "I knew she had an incident. But I didn't know who Roy Moore was then but learned as time went on."

Though Davis said she is a Democrat, "I'm not here to tear Roy Moore down, I'm here to hold my friend up."

She said she hasn't been offered money to talk.

Davis said she is doing this "because at the end of the day, I need to set examples for my kids. And one of those examples is to stand up for the truth and to stand up for my friend." 

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