WHAT MOORE DO YOU NEED!

Roy wrote love note in 16-yr.-old’s year­book Tried to force oral sex & choked me, she says

New York Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS and NANCY DIL­LON

REPUB­LI­CAN SE­NATE can­di­date Roy Moore of Alabama grabbed the neck of a 16-year-old girl and tried to force her head into his crotch af­ter of­fer­ing her a ride home from work in the 1970s, the tear­ful vic­tim said Mon­day.

Bev­erly Young Nel­son, the fifth woman to ac­cuse the Bi­ble Belt Repub­li­can of sex­ual mis­con­duct that oc­curred decades ago, when the al­leged vic­tims were all teens, said Mon­day that Moore vi­o­lently at­tacked her in his car.

The for­mer beauty pageant con­tes­tant said Moore — who’d signed her high school year­book — had of­fered her a ride home at the end of one of her shifts at the Olde Hick­ory House restau­rant in Gads­den, Ala., where she worked as a wait­ress.

But in­stead of driv­ing onto the high­way as she ex­pected, he pulled around to the back, parked in a dark spot be­side a dump­ster, locked her door and be­gan grop­ing her breasts .

“He be­gan squeez­ing my neck at­tempt­ing to force my head onto his crotch. I con­tin­ued to strug­gle. I was de­ter­mined that I was not go­ing to al­low him to force me to have sex with him,” an emo­tional Young Nel­son, 55, said at a press con­fer­ence in New York, with her hus­band and lawyer Glo­ria Allred.

“I was ter­ri­fied. He was also try­ing to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was go­ing to rape me. I was twist­ing and strug­gling and beg­ging him to stop. I had tears run­ning down my face,” she said.

She said Moore even­tu­ally gave up and is­sued a chill­ing warn­ing.

“You are a child. I am the dis­trict at­tor­ney of Etowah County. If you tell any­one about this, no one will be­lieve you,” she re­called him say­ing.

Moore even­tu­ally un­locked the car door, and she ei­ther “fell out or he pushed me out,” Young Nel­son said.

She said Moore pre­vi­ously tried to flirt with her by tug­ging at her waist-length red hair as she passed him in­side the restau­rant. But she “was not in­ter­ested in hav­ing a dat­ing or sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with a man twice my age.”

On Mon­day, she pro­duced one of her high school yearbooks and said Moore signed it shortly be­fore the al­leged at­tack.

“To a sweeter more beau­ti­ful girl I could not say, ‘Merry Christ­mas,’ ” Moore wrote on Dec. 22, 1977, when he was 30.

He signed it, “Love, Roy Moore D.A.” and cited the lo­ca­tion as “Olde Hick­ory House.”

Allred urged the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee to hold a pub­lic hear­ing on the al­le­ga­tions as soon as pos­si­ble and al­low Young Nel­son to tes­tify un­der oath.

“We be­lieve that since Mr. Moore is seek­ing a seat in the United States Se­nate he should sup­port tes­ti­mony un­der oath be­fore the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee so that the facts can be de­ter­mined in an open fo­rum and in a fair man­ner,” Allred said.

Moore on Mon­day told re­porters in Alabama he didn’t know Young Nel­son. “I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman . . . I don’t even know where the restau­rant is or was,” he said. Moore also called Allred a “sen­sa­tion­al­ist lead­ing a witch hunt” and said he was the vic­tim of a po­lit­i­cal hit cam­paign by Democrats and es­tab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans. Young Nel­son’s al­le­ga­tions fol­low a bomb­shell Washington Post ex­posé in which four women said Moore tar­geted them for dates when he was in his early 30s and they were ages 14, 16, 17 and 18. The ac­cu­sa­tions have chal­lenged his fit­ness to face Demo­crat Doug Jones in a crit­i­cal Dec. 12 special elec­tion to fill the Se­nate seat va­cated by At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions. The Washington Post on Thurs­day first re­vealed chief ac­cuser Leigh Corf­man and her dam­ag­ing claims she was only 14 years old when a 32-year-old Moore ini­ti­ated a sex­ual en­counter with her in 1979. Corf­man said Moore, then an as­sis­tant dis­trict at­tor­ney, ap­proached her and her mother out­side an Etowah County court­room and of­fered to watch her while the mom went in-

side for a child cus­tody hear­ing.

Corf­man said Moore asked for her phone num­ber and later picked her up around the cor­ner from her res­i­dence for two se­cret vis­its to his se­cluded house in the woods.

On the first visit, Moore kissed her and com­pli­mented her looks, she said.

Dur­ing the sec­ond visit, Moore al­legedly re­moved his clothes, touched her through her bra and un­der­pants and guided her hand to touch his erect pe­nis over his un­der­wear, she said.

Moore, 70, said he doesn’t “re­mem­ber dat­ing any girl with­out the per­mis­sion of her mother.”

The Post piece pub­lished Thurs­day also quoted three other women who said a thir­tysome­thing Moore pur­sued ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships with them when they were teenagers.

Moore re­called know­ing two of the ac­cusers, Glo­ria Thacker Dea­son and Deb­bie Wes­son Gib­son, but said he couldn’t “re­mem­ber go­ing out on dates” with them.

Gads­den lo­cals, where Moore was born, said it was whis­pered around town that he’d once been banned from the lo­cal mall for bad­ger­ing young girls, ac­cord­ing to The New Yorker. Two of Moore’s ac­cusers said they met Moore at Gads­den Mall, and The Post said some ex-em­ploy­ees re­called see­ing him there fre­quently, “usu­ally alone” and “well-dressed in slacks and a but­ton-down shirt.”

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell said Mon­day that Moore “should step aside” in light of the al­le­ga­tions.

Other sen­a­tors — in­clud­ing Tex­ans Ted Cruz and John Cornyn — with­drew their en­dorse­ments of Moore.

Moore re­sponded by say­ing it’s McCon­nell (in­set, op­po­site page) who should quit.

“The per­son who should step aside is @Se­nateMa­jLdr Mitch McCon­nell. He has failed con­ser­va­tives and must be re­placed. #DrainTheSwamp,” he tweeted.

Bev­erly Young Nel­son on Mon­day tells of fight­ing off sex at­tack by GOP pol Roy Moore (left) when she was 16 (right) and he was about 30.

Bev­erly Young Nel­son (right) tells Mon­day of how Alabama Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore (left) tried to force him­self on her in his car af­ter of­fer­ing the then-16-year-old wait­ress (be­low) a ride home in 1970s. Be­fore the at­tack, the 30-year-old pros­e­cu­tor had scrawled creepy ro­man­tic mes­sage (above) in her year­book.

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