More accusations against Moore

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A sec­ond woman abruptly emerged Mon­day to ac­cuse Roy Moore of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her as a teenager in the late 1970s, this time in a locked car, fur­ther roil­ing the Alabama Repub­li­can’s can­di­dacy for an open Se­nate seat. Lead­ers of Moore’s own party in­ten­si­fied their ef­forts to push him out of the race.

An­tic­i­pat­ing a tear­ful Bev­erly Young Nel­son’s al­le­ga­tions at a New York news con­fer­ence, Moore’s cam­paign ridiculed her at­tor­ney, Glo­ria Allred, be­fore­hand as “a sen­sa­tion­al­ist lead­ing a witch hunt.”

Nel­son said Moore was a reg­u­lar cus­tomer at the restau­rant where she worked af­ter school in Gads­den, Alabama. She said he would talk to her and some­times pull the ends of her hair, which she con­sid­ered flir­ta­tious but didn’t bother her.

One night when she was 16, Moore of­fered to drive her home, she said, but in­stead parked the car be­hind the restau­rant and touched her breasts and locked the door to keep her in­side. She said he squeezed her neck while try­ing to push her head to­ward his crotch and tried to pull her shirt off. Moore fi­nally stopped and as she got out of the car, he warned her no one would be­lieve be­cause he was a county pros­e­cu­tor, Nel­son said. She said she quit her job the fol­low­ing day.

Last Thurs­day, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported that in 1979 when he was 32, Moore had sex­ual con­tact with a 14-yearold girl and pur­sued ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships with three other teenage girls around the same pe­riod. Moore has called the al­le­ga­tions “com­pletely false and mis­lead­ing.”

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