Second woman says Moore assaulted her as teenager
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 U.S. Sen- ate seat.
Both of Texas’ senators — No. 2 GOP leader John Cornyn and Ted Cruz — withdrew their endorsement of Moore. Cruz said the allegations “merit criminal prosecution.” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also urged him to step aside.
Anticipating a tearful Beverly Young Nelson’s allegations at a New York news conference, Moore’s campaign ridiculed her attorney, Gloria Allred, as “a sensationalist leading a witch hunt.” The campaign said Moore insisted he was in the race to stay.
Nelson said Moore was a regular customer at the restau- rant where she worked after
school in Gadsden, Ala. One night when she was 16, Moore offered to drive her home, she said, but instead parked behind the restaurant and touched her breasts, locking the door to keep her inside.
She said he tried to push her head toward his crotch and pull her shirt off.
“I thought that he was going to rape me,” she said.
When Moore finally stopped, he warned that no one would believe her because he was a county prosecutor, Nelson said.
Last week, 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.
Beverly Young Nelson (left) says Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16.