New woman ac­cuses Moore of sex as­sault

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A SEC­OND woman 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. Moore strongly de­nied it, even as his own party’s lead­ers in­ten­si­fied their ef­forts to push him out of the race.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McConnell took a re­mark­ably per­sonal swipe at his party’s can­di­date for a Se­nate seat the GOP can­not af­ford to lose. “I be­lieve the women,” he said, mark­ing an in­ten­si­fied ef­fort by lead­ers to ditch Moore be­fore a Dec 12 spe­cial elec­tion that has swung from an as­sured GOP vic­tory to one that Democrats could con­ceiv­ably swipe.

Moore abruptly called a news con­fer­ence in Gal­lant, Alabama, af­ter a tear­ful Bev­erly Young Nel­son’s de­tailed the new al­le­ga­tions to re­porters in New York.

“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,” Moore said.

He sig­nalled he has no in­ten­tion of end­ing his can­di­dacy, call­ing the lat­est charges a “po­lit­i­cal ma­neu­ver” and launch­ing a fundrais­ing ap­peal to “God-fear­ing con­ser­va­tives” to counter his aban­don­ment by Wash­ing­ton Repub­li­cans.

In the lat­est day of jar­ring events, McConnell, R-Ky, and Moore es­sen­tially de­clared open war on each other. McConnell said the for­mer judge should quit the race over a series of re­cent al­le­ga­tions of past im­proper re­la­tion­ships with teenage girls. No, said Moore, the Ken­tucky sen­a­tor is the one who should get out.

Cory Gard­ner of Colorado, who heads the Se­nate GOP’s cam­paign or­gan­i­sa­tion, said not only should Moore step aside but if he should win “the Se­nate should vote to ex­pel him be­cause he does not meet the eth­i­cal and moral re­quire­ments of the United States Se­nate.”

Nel­son’s news con­fer­ence came af­ter that ex­change and in­jected a new, sen­sa­tional ac­cu­sa­tion in the story.

She said Moore was a reg­u­lar cus­tomer at the restau­rant where she worked af­ter school in Gads­den, Alabama.

One night when she was 16, Moore of­fered to drive her home, she said, but in­stead parked 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.

“I thought that he was go­ing to rape me,” she said.

Moore fi­nally stopped and as she got out of the car, he warned that no one would be­lieve her be­cause he was a county pros­e­cu­tor, Nel­son said. She said her neck was “black and blue and pur­ple” the next morn­ing and she im­me­di­ately quit her job.

Nel­son said that shortly be­fore that, days be­fore Christ­mas, she’d brought her high school year­book to the restau­rant and Moore signed it. A copy of her state­ment dis­trib­uted at the news con­fer­ence in­cluded a pic­ture of what she said was his sig­na­ture and a mes­sage say­ing, “To a sweeter more beau­ti­ful girl I could not say, ‘Merry Christ­mas’.’’

Last Thurs­day, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported that in 1979 when he was 32, Moore had sex­ual con­tact with a 14-year-old girl and pur­sued ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships with three other teenage girls around the same pe­riod. The women made their al­le­ga­tions on the record and the Post cited two dozen other sources. – AP

Photo: AP

Bev­erly Nel­son, the lat­est ac­cuser of Alabama Repub­li­can Roy Moore, points to her photo in her high school year­book dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in New York on Mon­day.

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