Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

WASHINGTON— A sec­ond woman emerged on 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 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 sig­naled he had no in­ten­tion of end­ing his can­di­dacy, call­ing the lat­est charges a “po­lit­i­cal ma­neu­ver.”

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

Reg­u­lar cus­tomer

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 she told her younger sis­ter about the in­ci­dent two years later, told her mother four years ago and told her hus­band be­fore they mar­ried.

She said she and her hus­band sup­ported Don­ald Trump for pres­i­dent.—

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