An­other ac­cuser

Repub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date Moore’s trouble mount

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Bev­erly Young Nel­son points to a year­book pic­ture of her­self dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on Mon­day in New York. She claims Alabama Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore sex­u­ally as­saulted her when she was a mi­nor in Alabama with­out her con­sent. The US Se­nate’s top Repub­li­can Mitch McCon­nell on Mon­day urged Moore to end his Se­nate cam­paign

A fifth woman on Mon­day ac­cused Repub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore of sex­ual mis­con­duct, claim­ing he as­saulted her when she was a teenager, as the evan­gel­i­cal con­ser­va­tive came un­der mount­ing party pres­sure to quit the Alabama elec­tion.

Moore -- a for­mer state supreme court judge run­ning a tight race against a Demo­cratic lawyer -- de­nies any wrong­do­ing, call­ing the al­le­ga­tions “ab­so­lutely false.”

But Bev­erly Young Nel­son claimed the now 70-year-old grand­fa­ther sex­u­ally as­saulted her when she was a 16-year-old wait­ress and he was a county district at­tor­ney twice her age around Jan­uary 1978.

Nel­son, who is now a 55-year-old busi­ness­woman in Alabama, told re­porters in New York that Moore, a reg­u­lar in the res­tau­rant where she worked, one night of­fered to drive her home af­ter she fin­ished her shift.

But he in­stead parked be­tween a dump­ster and the back of the res­tau­rant, in a dark and de­serted spot, lock­ing the car so she could not get out.

Moore then groped her and squeezed her neck, at­tempt­ing to force her head onto his crotch, she said, read­ing from a pre­pared state­ment along­side celebrity lawyer Glo­ria Allred, who has rep­re­sented women who ac­cused felled Hol­ly­wood mogul Har­vey We­in­stein of sex­ual as­sault.

“I was ter­ri­fied. He was also try­ing to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was go­ing to rape me. I was twist­ing and strug­gling and beg­ging him to stop,” Nel­son said, speak­ing through tears.

She al­leged that Moore even­tu­ally gave up and drove off, leav­ing her be­hind “on the cold con­crete in the dark.”

Nel­son said she was mo­ti­vated to speak out af­ter four other women told The Wash­ing­ton Post that Moore also pur­sued them in their teens, while he was in his early 30s work­ing as an as­sis­tant district at­tor­ney.

“I can tell you with­out hes­i­ta­tion this is ab­so­lutely false,” Moore said, speak­ing along­side his wife, who ex­pressed sup­port. “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 told re­porters, de­clin­ing to take any ques­tions.

Photo: AFP

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