New accuser gives emotional account of Roy Moore alleged sexual assault

New accuser gives emotional account of Roy Moore alleged sexual assault
(Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - New allegations against former Alabama Judge Roy Moore surfaced Monday as another woman came forward with sexual abuse claims.

Attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference in New York with the new accuser, an Alabama woman who alleges that Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a minor.

The press conference was held at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York City. Gloria Allred is an American Women's rights attorney notable for taking high-profile and often controversial cases.

The new accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, says she was 15 and 16 when she was subject to Moore's inappropriate behavior.

At the time, Moore was the district attorney in Etowah County.

She kept her secret for more than 40 years, though she did tell close family members over the years.

Nelson said she didn't speak publicly because she feared Moore and his power, but she felt encouraged by other victims who've stepped forward so she reached out to Allred.

Allred urged the United States Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing as soon as possible and subpoena Moore to answer questions.

Nelson then spoke at the press conference. When she was 15 years old and a student at Gadsden High School, she worked at the Old Hickory House, off Hwy. 431 as a waitress.

She said Moore was a regular customer who came in almost every night and would often stay until closing.

Moore would speak to Nelson and pull the ends of her long red hair as she walked by.

Nelson said she did nothing to encourage his flirtatious behavior and did not respond to it because she had a boyfriend and wasn't interested in a man who was twice her age.

When Nelson turned 16 and got her yearbook, she felt flattered when Moore asked to write in it. During the press conference, she held up the message as proof that she had indeed met and interacted with Moore.

One night, she said she was outside waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up after work and was running late. Moore came out and offered her a ride home.

"I trusted Mr. Moore because he was district attorney," Nelson said. "I did not want to wait out in the cold so I agreed."

Her house was only 2.5 miles away and she planned to call her boyfriend when she got home to let him know she got a ride home.

She got in the passenger seat and Moore started driving. Nelson thought he would get on the highway, but instead, he drove to the back of the restaurant.

At first, she said she wasn't alarmed because there was an exit onto the street in the rear of the restaurant.

"He stopped the car and he parked his car in between the dumpster and back of the restaurant where there were no lights. It was dark and deserted. I was alarmed," she stated.

She says Moore started groping her, putting his hands on her breasts. She tried to get out, but he locked the door. She tried to fight him off and begged for him to stop, but she says Moore then grabbed her neck and forced her head towards his crotch.

Nelson went on to describe the struggle in the car as she was terrified and crying.

"I thought he was going to rape me," she said.

At some point, Moore gave up.

"He looked at me and said, 'You're just a child and I'm the district attorney. If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you,'" Nelson added.

She says she then either got out of the car or fell out of it, and Moore sped off with the passenger door still open, leaving her on the cold concrete in the dark.

She made way to the front of the restaurant and collected herself as her boyfriend pulled up. She did not say anything to him about what happened in Moore's car because she was afraid he would do something that would get him in trouble.

The next morning, Nelson said her neck was bruised so she covered it with makeup.

"I did not tell anyone about what happened. I was scared. I thought Mr. Moore would do something to me or my family," she said during the tearful press conference.

The next day, she quit her job. Two years later, she told her younger sister about the incident. Several years ago, she told her mother and then she told her husband before they got married 13 years ago. She thanked her family for their support.

Nelson said she thought she was Moore's only victim.

"I want Mr. Moore to know that he no longer has power over me and I no longer live in fear," she stated.

The embattled GOP candidate for Alabama Senate spoke in Huntsville Sunday night and said he will be taking legal action against the Washington Post over their story that broke the scandal of Moore's alleged sexual misconduct with teenagers, including an encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

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"The Washington Post published another attack on my character reputation in an attempt, a desperate attempt, to stop my political campaign. These attacks I would involve a minor child are completely false, untrue. And for which they will be sued," Moore said Sunday night when he spoke at the Huntsville Christian Academy.

The Washington Post report last week was based on interviews with more than 30 people. As well as the allegations that Moore had sexual contact with the then 14-year-old when he was aged 32. Three other women also told The Post that Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

"We do not intend to anybody deter us from finishing this race. We fully expect the people of Alabama to see through this charade and we will continue our efforts," Moore added, calling the report "fake news."

Over the weekend Saturday Night Live opened with a sketch taking on the scandal, with one of the show's actors playing Moore dressed in cowboy attire.

Kate McKinnon played Jeff Sessions and told Moore during the skit: "I'm Alabama but you, you sir, are too Alabama. Get out."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Moore "should step aside" in light of the allegations.

McConnell spoke to reporters after visiting a plant in Kentucky and said he believes the women who have come forward with allegations against Moore. He also said Republicans are exploring a write-in option in Alabama.

When asked if Sen. Luther Strange, who lost to Moore in the GOP primary, was being considered for a write-in effort, McConnell said, "We'll see."

Under Alabama law, it's too late for Moore to be replaced before the December 12 election.

Moore responded to McConnell in a tweet, stating: "The person who should step aside is @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced. #DrainTheSwamp"

Governor Kay Ivey answered questions about Moore during the gaggle after the Silver Haired Legislature meeting in Montgomery.

"The election will be on December 12th and I will hold judgment until we get more of the facts. People of Alabama need to know the facts," she said.

A reporter then asked: "So, you're not committed to voting for him at this time?"

There was a long pause from the governor and then she responded: "Based on what I know now, yes I would vote for him. But we don't have the facts.  There may be some more facts to come out. But, he is the party's nominee."

On Monday afternoon, Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead responded to reports that Allred was hosting a press conference in New York City, stating:

"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."

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