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New Accuser Says Roy Moore Sexually Assaulted Her When She Was 16

Another woman has come forward with accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, saying he sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and he was in his 30s, working as an assistant district attorney.

At a press conference on Monday in New York with attorney Gloria Allred, Beverly Young Nelson, 55, said Moore attempted to force her into sexual contact in his car, which he had parked in the back of the restaurant where she was working as a waitress.

“I was terrified,” Nelson told reporters, as she struggled to fight back tears to tell her story. She said she “thought he was going to rape me.”

The Washington Post on Thursday reported the on-the-record stories of four female accusers, including that of Leigh Corfman, who said she was 14 when Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her. In the wake of the report, a handful of senators who endorsed Moore have pulled their support.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Moore to drop out of the race. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) said that if Moore refuses to bow out and wins the race, “the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”

Moore called the allegations “completely false and misleading” on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Friday. On Monday, he tweeted of McConnell’s remarks, “The person who should step aside is Mitch McConnell. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced.

During the press conference, Nelson discussed in detail what happened in late December of 1977 or early 1978, when she was working as a waitress at Old Hickory House in Gadsden.

She said Moore was a regular at the restaurant, and at the time worked as a district attorney in Etowah County, Ala.

Nelson said “he sat in the same seat night after night,” and that he would often stay until closing. He took interest in her by pulling “the ends of my red hair as I walked by him.”

“I did nothing to encourage this flirtatious behavior,” she said.

Moore, she said, even inscribed her yearbook on Dec. 22, 1977, with a message in which he called her a “beautiful girl.” He signed it “Love, Roy Moore, D.A.” Allred provided reporters with copies of the yearbook page.

A week or two later, Nelson said she left the restaurant and waited out front for her boyfriend to pick her up. But he was late, and Moore saw her and offered a ride home.

She took him up on the offer and got in his two-door car, she said. Instead of heading to the highway, though, he drove behind the restaurant, and parked in between the dumpster and the back of the business.

“I was alarmed and immediately asked him what he was doing,” she said.

It was then that Moore started to grope her and touch her breasts, and “he reached over and locked [the door] so I could not get out,” she said.

“Instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my head into his crotch,” she said, and he tried to pull off her shirt.

“I had tears running down my face,” she said. “At some point, he gave up and then looked at me and told me, ‘You are just a child and I am the D.A. … If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.'”

“He burned rubber pulling me away, leaving me laying there on this cold concrete in the dark,” she said.

The next day, she said, she called in to work to quit her job.

“I was scared. I felt if I told anyone that, Mr. Moore would do something to me and my family,” she said.

She did tell her younger sister about the incident two years later, she said, and her mother four years ago.

Allred said that Nelson contacted her about going publicly with the incident, and said that her firm had contacted her mother and sister to confirm that she had told them about it years ago. Allred called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to open an investigation.

“My husband and I supported Donald Trump for president,” Nelson said. “This has nothing to do with Republicans and Democrats. It has everything to do with Mr. Moore’s sexual assault when I was a teenager.”

Before Allred’s press conference, his wife, Kayla Moore, said in a Facebook post that “we are gathering evidence of money being paid to people who would come forward. Which is part of why we are filing suit!”

“This is the same Gloria Allred that did the very exact same thing to Trump during his campaign,” she wrote.

Update: Moore spoke to reporters on Monday evening and said, “I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false. I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman. I don’t know anything about her. I don’t even know where the restaurant is or was.”

He again said that the accusations were a “political maneuver.”



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