Sec­ond woman says Moore as­saulted her as teenager

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - By Alan Fram and Bruce Schreiner

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.

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Bev­erly Young Nel­son (left) says Roy Moore sex­u­ally as­saulted her when she was 16.

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