November 13, 2017 3:17 pm
Updated: November 14, 2017 1:08 pm

Roy Moore hit by new sexual assault accusation, says it’s ‘absolutely false’

WATCH ABOVE: U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is denying the latest allegation of sexual assault against him, calling it a "political maneuver" even as more Republicans are calling on him to step aside.


Another woman has come forward with allegations Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager in the 1970s.

Beverly Nelson held a press conference alongside attorney Gloria Allred in New York Monday afternoon, detailing the events that began when she was 15 years old and working as a waitress.

“Mr. Moore attacked me when I was a child,” Nelson said in an emotional statement before cameras.

She explained that Moore, who was the district attorney of Etowah County at the time, was flirtatious with her and a regular customer at the restaurant where she worked.

Beverly Nelson reacts as she reads a statement to reporters with attorney Gloria Allred during a news conference announcing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore, in New York, Nov. 13, 2017.

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Attorney Gloria Allred stands with accuser Beverly Young Nelson, holding a sketch of herself made when she was 16, after reading a statement claiming that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16, in New York, U.S., Nov. 13, 2017.

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“I did nothing to encourage this behaviour,” Nelson said. “I did not respond to any of Mr. Moore’s flirtatious behaviour.”

Nelson spoke of one incident in particular, where she alleged Moore offered to drive her home from work but then proceeded to assault her. She said he groped her, then squeezed her neck, leaving it blue and black for days.

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“Mr. Moore began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts,” she said. “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 into his crotch.”

When she fought back, he gave up and allegedly told her: “You’re just a child,” adding, “I’m the district attorney, if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.”

She then fell out of the car and he drove away.

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Nelson also spoke in detail about Moore’s flirtatious behaviour, noting one incident where he signed her yearbook.

“To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore,” the message read.

Beverly Nelson shows a school yearbook signed by Roy Moore during a news conference announcing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican congressional candidate Roy Moore.

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Allred called her client a “brave woman” and added that she is willing to testify about the incident under oath.

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Before the press conference began, Moore’s campaign released a statement saying that Allred “is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt.” It added that Moore is innocent and “has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone.”

He has maintained that previous allegations, including one that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old when he was in his 30s, were “fake news.”

Moore abruptly called a press conference in Gallant, Alabama on Monday evening, during which he denied the allegations.

“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.

He signaled that he has no intention of ending his candidacy for an open Senate seat, calling the latest charges a “political maneuver” and launching a fundraising appeal to “God-fearing conservatives” to counter his abandonment by Washington Republicans.

Some Republican politicians have urged Moore to step aside. On Monday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Moore should leave the Alabama race, and added that he believes the women who have shared their stories.

READ MORE: Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore should step aside, Mitch McConnell says

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner also added Monday that Moore should be expelled from the Senate if he wins the seat on Dec. 12.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that Moore will “step aside” if the allegations are true.

— With files from The Associated Press

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