New sex as­sault al­le­ga­tion hits Moore

Calls to with­draw grow as can­di­date vows to con­tinue in race

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD - By Alan Fram and Bruce Schreiner

WASH­ING­TON — A sec­ond woman abruptly 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. Lead­ers of Moore’s own party in­ten­si­fied their efforts to push him out of the race.

An­tic­i­pat­ing a tear­ful Bev­erly Young Nel­son’s al­le­ga­tions at a New York news con­fer­ence, Moore’s cam­paign ridiculed her at­tor­ney, Glo­ria Allred, be­fore­hand as “a sen­sa­tion­al­ist lead­ing a witch hunt.” The cam­paign said Moore was in­no­cent and “has never had any sex­ual mis­con­duct with any­one.” He in­sisted he was in the race to stay.

In the lat­est day of jar­ring events, Se­nate Repub­li­can leader Mitch McCon­nell said the for­mer judge should quit the race over a se­ries of re­cent al­le­ga­tions of past im­proper re­la­tion­ships with teenage girls.

“I be­lieve the women,” McCon­nell 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.

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, Ala.

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

Moore fi­nally stopped and as she got out of the car, he warned her no one would be­lieve be­cause he was a county pros­e­cu­tor, Nel­son said. She said she quit her job the fol­low­ing day.

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.

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.

By Mon­day afternoon, Moore was show­ing no signs of fold­ing.

He as­sured sup­port­ers Sun­day night at a Huntsville, Ala., gym that The Post ar­ti­cle was “fake news” and “a des­per­ate at­tempt to stop my po­lit­i­cal cam­paign.”

He said al­le­ga­tions that he was in­volved with a mi­nor are “un­true” and the news­pa­per “will be sued.”

RICHARD DREW/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bev­erly Young Nel­son, the lat­est ac­cuser of Alabama Repub­li­can Roy Moore, points to her photo Mon­day in her high school year­book dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in New York. Nel­son says Moore as­saulted her when she was 16.

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