New sex assault allegation hits Moore
Calls to withdraw grow as candidate vows to continue in race
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.”
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.