MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Roy Moore’s wife wiped tears as she testified Friday about the aftermath of a sexual misconduct allegation raised against her husband, saying their lives had been upended and maintaining “he is not the kind of person who would do this.”

Moore’s defense began presenting their evidence Friday in a trial dealing with dueling defamation claims. Leigh Corfman, a woman who says Moore sexually molested her in 1979 when she was 14, has sued Moore for statements he made as he denied the accusation during the 2017 U.S. Senate race. Moore has countersued.

Kayla Moore testified about meeting her husband in the 1980s described him as “perfect gentlemen.” She also described a wave of harassment after The Washington Post published Corfman’s account. She said they received threatening messages, had “pedophile” written in orange spray paint near their home and still remain unsure how they will be received when they go places.

“It is one of the worst things we’ve ever been through. … He is not the kind of person who would do this. He has always been a perfect gentleman,” Kayla Moore said. She said their lives have not been the same.

Corfman attorney Jeff Doss, during cross-examination, reiterated that Kayla Moore hadn’t met her husband in 1979 and didn’t know Corfman and other women who said Moore dated them, or asked them out as teens.

Circuit Judge John Rochester on Friday rejected a request from Moore’s lawyers for a directed verdict in the case. Julian McPhillips argued Corfman’s attorneys had not proven their case.

“He made it real clear how convinced he was what was said about him was false,” McPhillips said.

Doss, an attorney for Corfman, argued the question of truthfulness is one for the jury.

“Two things are clear. One: Ms. Corfman told the truth to The Washington Post. Two: When Mr. Moore responded as he did, it was defamatory,” Doss said.

Rochester on Friday also cautioned Moore’s attorneys to speak to him about his demeanor and said Moore would face admonishment if emotional outbursts continued.

Rochester’s warning came after Moore was seen repeatedly getting up from the defense table as lawyers presented arguments over what witnesses would be allowed to give testimony.

Moore later apologized to the judge.