A new woman has come forward to accuse Roy Moore of having an inappropriate relationship with her when she was a teenager.
Beverly Young Nelson said in an emotional press conference on Monday that she first met Moore when he was district attorney and she was a high school student who was waiting tables at the Olde Hickory House.
She was just 15 at the time, and soon after she turned 16 Moore, then 31, offered Beverly a ride home one cold winter night she said, which was the night of the alleged incident.
Beverly said that after getting in the car, Moore drove her to the back of the parking lot and pulled up next to a dumpster, where he parked and then began to grope Beverly’s breasts.
She said that she asked him to stop and that when she tried to get out of the vehicle he locked the door and grabbed her neck in an attempt to pull her head down towards his crotch.
Moore abruptly called a news conference in Gallant, Alabama, after a tearful Beverly Young Nelson’s detailed the new allegations to reporters in New York.
‘I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false. I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman,’ Moore said – even though he allegedly signed her yearbook.
Emotional: Beverly Young Nelson (above) claims that in 1977 she was groped by Roy Moore, who then tried to force her into performing oral sex
Patterns emerge: She met the then-district attorney when she was 15 and working as a waitress at the Olde Hickory House after school (Moore above on Saturday)
Noted: Moore signed Beverly’s yearbook one day at work, writing at the end: ‘Love, Roy Moore DA’ (above)
‘I got into his car in the passenger seat. He began driving. I thought he would get on the highway, but instead he drove to the back of the restaurant,’ said Beverly of the night she was allegedly assaulted by Moore.
‘I was not immediately alarmed as there was an exit from the back of the restaurant to the street and he could drive from there to my house without getting on the highway. However, instead of driving to the street he stopped the car and parked his car in between the dumpster and the back of the restaurant where there were no lights.
‘The area was dark and deserted. I was alarmed and I immediately asked him what he was doing.’
Moore at that point said nothing and began to grope Beverly she claimed, a story she previously shared with her mother and then man who is now her husband.
‘Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts,’ said Beverly
‘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 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.’
Beverly was able to get out of the car soon after, claiming Moore told her to keep quiet because no one would believe her if she did share her story.
‘He said, ‘You’re just a child.’ And he said, ‘I am the District Attorney of Etowah County. And if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you’.’
Fighting back: I was determined that I was not allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off,’ said Beverly
Child: ‘Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts,’ said Beverly (above at 16 in her yearbook)
Rise up: ‘I was frightened by his position and his power. I am coming forward to let Mr. Moore know that he no longer has any power over me and I no longer live in fear of him,’ said Beverly on Monday (above with Allred)
Her boyfriend, who was initially supposed to pick her up but had been running late, pulled up to the restaurant soon after Beverly made her way out of the vehicle.
‘I did not say anything to him as to what had occurred as he had a violent temper and I was afraid that he would do something that would get him into trouble. When I got home I went to my room,’ explained Beverly.
‘The following morning my neck was black and blue and purple. In the days following I covered the bruising on my neck with makeup. I did not tell anyone about what had happened. I was scared.’
She then added: ‘I felt that if I told anyone Mr. Moore would do something to me or my family. I decided to keep what happened to myself.’
And she also found a way to avoid Moore.
‘The day after Mr. Moore assaulted me I called the restaurant and quit my job. I never went there again,’ said Beverly.
Then, shortly after, she began sharing her story.
‘About two years later I told my younger sister what Mr. Moore did to me,’ said Beverly.
‘About four years ago I told my mother what happened. Before I married my husband, John, I told him what Mr. Moore had done to me.’
Her attorney Gloria Allred said at the top of the press conference that Beverly would be willing to testify under oath in front of the US Senate ahead of Moore possibly joining their ranks.
‘We urge the United States Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a public hearing as soon as possible,’ said Allred.
‘Beverly is willing to voluntarily appear at such a hearing to testify under oath. She is willing to answer any questions that the Senators might ask her relevant to her allegations against Mr. Moore.’
And after a number of accusers were shredded apart because of their political affiliations, Beverly very plainly stated that both she and her husband were supporters of President Donald Trump in the last election.
Allred also dismissed claims that she might be politically motivated in her decision to represent Beverly.
‘I would point out that I did not contact Beverly. She contacted me. Further, I have a public record of attacking Democrats who are or have been elected officials when they have been accused of injustices against women,’ said Allred before Beverly shared her story.
‘For example, I filed a lawsuit against Democratic Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego and publicly accused him of sexually harassing the City’s Communications Director. As a result of the mediation of our lawsuit. Mayor Filner resigned as Mayor.’
She also pointed out that she publicly criticized both Anthony Weiner and Bill Clinton in the past.
Hocus pocus: Kayla then suggested that this was an attack on her husband over his views on transgender rights (Kayla’s Facebook post of a smiling Allred)
Southern charm: Majority leader Mitch McConnell was blunt and to the point with his assessment even before the press conference on Monday, stating: ‘I believe the women’ (Moore’s response to that statement above)
Northern exposure: Maine Senator Susan Collins also weighed in, and once again proved she had no issue bucking her party’s trend (Collins’ tweet above)
Which witch is which: ‘Going on two months now they’ve been on a witchhunt here in Etowah County and our state advertising people to step forward with accusations,’ said Moore’s wife Kayla (above) on Monday
Moore responded to this latest accuser before Beverly even spoke a single word on Monday.
‘Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is only around to create a spectacle,’ said a statement earlier in the day from Moore campaign chair Bill Armistead.
‘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.’
Also getting in on the attack was Moore’s wife Kayla, who posted a statement of her own on Facebook.
‘We knew something was coming, just did not know what next. This is the same Gloria Allred that did the very exact same thing to Trump during his campaign,’ wrote Kayla.
‘Going on two months now they’ve been on a witchhunt here in Etowah County and our state advertising people to step forward with accusations and we are gathering evidence of money being paid to people who would come forward. Which is part of why we are filing suit!’
Kayla then said: ‘Washington establishment and Democrat Party will stop at nothing to stop our campaign.’
She closed out by telling her followers: ‘Prayers appreciated….’
This latest accuser proved to be the most damaging yet however, and soon after her press conference Senator John Cornyn of Texas withdrew his support of Moore, calling the allegations ‘damaging’ and ‘disqualifying’ if in fact true.
This came after a devastating statement from the highest-ranking Republican in the Senate.
Majority leader Mitch McConnell was blunt and to the point with his assessment even before the press conference on Monday, stating: ‘I believe the women.’
He went on to tell reporters that Moore should ‘step aside,’ which led to Moore responding with a vitriolic post on social media.
‘The person who should step aside is Mitch McConnell. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced! #DrainTheSwamp,’ said Moore.
Maine Senator Susan Collins also weighed in, and once again proved she had no issue bucking her party’s trend.
‘I have now read Mr. Moore’s statement and listened to his radio interview in which he denies the charges,’ she wrote on Twitter.
‘I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama.’
It remains to be seen if Beverly will be called to testify, but she thanked those four women who came before her during her press conference on Monday, revealing that they gave her the greatest gift.
‘I thought that I was Mr. Moore’s only victim. I would probably have taken what Mr. Moore did to me to my grave, had it not been for the courage of four other women that were willing to speak out about their experiences with Mr. Moore,’ explained Beverly while drying her eyes with a tissue.
‘Their courage has inspired me to overcome my fear.’
One woman told The Washington Post that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979, when she was 14 years old and he was 32. Three others said Moore pursued them when they were 18 or younger.
An emotionally exhausted Beverly managed to summarize the entire incident in a few lines to close out the conference.
‘Mr. Moore attacked me when I was a child. I did nothing to deserve his sexual attack,’ said Beverly.
‘I was frightened by his position and his power. I am coming forward to let Mr. Moore know that he no longer has any power over me and I no longer live in fear of him.’