Beverly Young Nelson Says Roy Moore Tried To Rape Her When She Was 16, Has Moore’s Signature And Message In Her Yearbook
Beverly Young Nelson has accused Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of trying to rape her when she was 16 years old.
Nelson is the fifth woman to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct.
During a press conference with her lawyer Gloria Allred, Nelson recalled meeting Moore at the Olde Hickory House restaurant in Gadsen, Alabama, where she worked, 40 years ago:
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.
Nelson said Moore complimented her looks, but she did not encourage his flirtations:
I was not interested in having a dating or sexual relationship with a man that was twice my age.
Nelson recalled waiting for her boyfriend one night to pick her up from work when Moore offered to give her a ride:
I trusted Mr. Moore because he was a district attorney.
According to Nelson, Moore drove them behind the restaurant and parked his car near a dumpster where he groped her, tried to push head towards his crotch and locked the car door:
I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. I thought he was going to rape me. At some point, he gave up.
Nelson said before Moore eventually opened the car door, and told her: “You’re just a child and I am the District Attorney of Etowah County, and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.”
Nelson said she suffered bruises on her neck where Moore grabbed her, but she covered them up with makeup.
According to Nelson, the alleged attack happened only days after Moore signed her high-school yearbook, which she produced: “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.”
Ms. Nelson’s printed statement includes a picture of Moore’s note in her yearbook…
“Love, Roy Moore D.A.” pic.twitter.com/cXfLThHkb0
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) November 13, 2017
In response to Young, the Moore campaign attacked her lawyer Gloria Allred for being pro-choice, notes the Alabama Media Group:
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.
The Moore campaign also stated:
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.
Moore is using the sexual allegations from five women as a fundraiser in his emails to supporters.
More than a dozen people told The New Yorker that Moore was banned from the Gadsden Mall for allegedly constantly pestering teen-aged girls.