Se­nate can­di­date de­nies grop­ing claims

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Alabama Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore “should step aside”, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Speaker Paul Ryan has said.

Moore is fac­ing claims of sex­ual mis­con­duct and Ryan de­scribed the al­le­ga­tions as “cred­i­ble”.

Ryan joined the grow­ing cho­rus of Wash­ing­ton Repub­li­cans call­ing on Moore to quit the race af­ter two women stepped for­ward de­scrib­ing how he groped them when they teenagers decades ago. Repub­li­can can­di­date Moore has called the re­ports false. Se­nate Repub­li­cans, led by ma­jor­ity leader Mitch McCon­nell, have been strug­gling to find a way to force Moore out.

His name re­mains on the bal­lot for the De­cem­ber 12 special elec­tion against Doug Jones. The lat­est ac­cu­sa­tions came when Bev­er­ley Young Nel­son claimed she was sex­u­ally as­saulted by Moore in a locked car when she was a teenager in the 1970s.

In tears, Nel­son said that when she was 16, Moore of­fered her a ride home from the res­tau­rant where she worked.

She ac­cused him of touch­ing her breasts and lock­ing the door to keep her inside his car. She said he squeezed her neck while try­ing to push her head to­wards his crotch and tried to pull her shirt off. Moore’s cam­paign re­leased a state­ment say­ing that lawyer Glo­ria Allred, rep­re­sent­ing Nel­son, “is a sen­sa­tion­al­ist lead­ing a witch-hunt”.

It said Moore is in­no­cent and “has never had any sex­ual mis­con­duct with any­one”.

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