Alabama woman Beverly Young Nelson alleged Monday that Senate Candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a 16-year old waitress 40 years ago — telling her story at a New York City press conference held by high-profile Leftist attorney Gloria Allred.
Moore accuser Beverly Young-Nelson: "My husband and I supported Donald Trump for president. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the Republicans or the Democrats. It has everything to do with Mr. Moore's sexual assault when I was a teenager." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/jyICrAQ6Tx
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 13, 2017
Nelson, who is 56 now, sat next to Allred and asserted that she came to know Roy Moore when she was only 15 years old, working in a local restaurant near her high school. Moore was, according to her, a regular customer, eating in the same seat every night and often complimenting her on her looks.
Some nights I worked until 7 p.m. and other nights until 10 p.m. Mr. Roy Moore was a regular customer. He came in almost every night and he would stay until closing time. He sat at the counter in the same seat night after night, and I remember exactly where he sat. Mr. Moore was an adult. He was much older than I was. I knew that he was the district attorney in Etowah County, I didn’t understand what that meant, but I did know that he was an important person and I always treated him with respect. He would pull the ends of my red hair … He would compliment me on my looks, and I would think nothing of it. I was accustomed to men flirting with me, because I was well developed and competed in beauty pageants. I did not attach any significance to Mr. Moore’s behavior towards me, and I did not respond to Mr. Moore’s flirtatious behavior.
According to Nelson, she received a yearbook at school, and she brought it to work on the evening of November 22, 1977; by now, she would have been 16. She says that Moore offered to write a note in her yearbook, which she accepted. “I felt flattered and I said yes,” she stated. Moore then allegedly wrote in her yearbook a flirtatious note: “To a sweeter, more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977, Love, Roy Moore, Old Hickory House.”
New Roy Moore accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, has a note in her yearbook allegedly from Roy Moore: “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say ‘Merry Christmas’ Christmas 1977 Love, Roy Moore D.A. 12-22-77 Olde Hickory House” pic.twitter.com/FDSCZf1WOW
— Kelly Terez (@kellyterez) November 13, 2017
She says that a week or two later, she was working at the restaurant and her shift ended at 10 p.m.; she expected her boyfriend to pick her up, but he was late. Moore offered to drive her home. Her account then continued, as she broke down in tears:
Mr. Moore was wearing brown hush puppies on his feet. He drove a 2-door car. I believe it was an old car, but I do not recall the model. I got into his car in the passenger seat and he began driving. I thought he would get on the highway but instead he drove to the back of the restaurant. I was not immediately alarmed as there was an exit from the back of the restaurant to the street, and he could drive there to my house without getting on the highway…He stopped the car. He stopped the car and he parked his car in between the dumpster and the back of the restaurant where there were no lights. There it was dark and it was deserted. I was alarmed and I immediately asked him what he was doing. Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts. I tried to open my car door to leave, but he reached over and locked it so I could not get out. I tried fighting him off, while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping 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. 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. At some point he gave up. He then looked at me and said, ‘You are a child. I am the District Attorney of Etowah County. If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.” He finally allowed me to open the car door and I either fell out or he pushed me out. I was on the ground as he pulled out of the parking area behind the restaurant. The passenger door was still open as he burned rubber pulling away leaving me laying there on the cold concrete in the dark.
She went on and said that the following morning her neck was “black and blue and purple,” and out of fear, she decided to keep the incident secret. She concluded, “My husband and I supported Donald Trump for president. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the Republicans or the Democrats. It has everything to do with Mr. Moore’s sexual assault when I was a teenager…Mr. Moore attacked me when I was a child.”
Gloria Allred showed the assembled reporters the inscription in the yearbook, as well as a picture of Nelson when she was 15.
Judge Moore claimed just before the press conference that “Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is only around to create a spectacle. … Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone.”
Nelson’s claims come after another woman, Leigh Corfman, told the Washington Post that Moore tried to push her hand toward his crotch after driving her up to his home when she was fourteen years old.
The Moore campaign pre-emptively responded to the allegations, issuing a statement shortly before the press conference. Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead called Allred a “sensationalist lawyer” and wrote:
Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is only around to create a spectacle. Allred was the attorney who claims credit for giving us Roe v. Wade which has resulted in the murder of tens of millions of unborn babies.
We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone. This is a witch hunt against a man who has had an impeccable career for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high character.
Let it be understood: the truth will come forward, we will pursue all legal options against these false claims and Judge Moore will be vindicated.
A prominent plaintiff’s attorney and proponent left-wing social causes for decades, Allred also pursued a lawsuit against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, representing three women who claimed last year that he sexually assaulted them. Around the same time the suit was filed, Allred was also serving as a delegate for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.
Nelson is the fifth woman to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct. The Washington Post reported Thursday that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, which Moore said was “completely false.”
Nelson told reporters both she and her husband are strong supporters of President Donald Trump, and that this has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans, but rather her experiences with Moore from her teenage years.
To further prove her connection with Moore, Nelson displayed her high school yearbook signed by Moore: “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say ‘Merry Christmas’ Christmas 1977 Love, Roy Moore D.A. 12-22-77.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier in the day called for Moore to “step aside” in the Senate race against Democrat Doug Jones, and acknowledged the possibility of a write-in candidate.
Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who had previously tweeted that the candidate “should immediately step aside,” said that Moore shouldn’t be allowed to sit in the Senate and that he should be expelled or not seated “by any means possible.”
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, rescinded his endorsement, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said that “if you win, you lose,” and tweeted that he also thinks Moore should step aside. He added: “If he continues this will not end well for Mr. Moore.”
Republican Alabama Senator, Richard Shelby, said Monday that Moore should seriously consider removing himself from the race.