A fifth woman has come forward today with accusations of sexual assault by Republican candidate for Alabama Senate, Roy Moore. Beverly Young Nelson was 16 when she says Moore assaulted her in his car on the way home from the restaurant where she worked. He groped her breasts and clutched her neck, Nelson alleges, trying to force her head into his crotch. Nelson shared the painful account at a press conference in New York City today with Gloria Allred, a high-profile attorney who handles sexual assault cases, by her side.
Nelson recalled attempting to flee from the car, but Moore reached over and locked her inside. After a brief struggle which Nelson said resulted in deep purple bruises on her neck, Moore gave up and allegedly warned the girl not to tell others what had happened.
“You are a child, I am the district attorney,” Moore allegedly said, “No one will believe you.”
The next thing Nelson remembers is lying on the concrete as Moore’s tires squealed and he sped away.
Last week, another woman named Leigh Corfman also forward with allegations against Moore. She claimed that when she was 14 Moore had forced her hand onto his genitals in 1979 after a custody hearing.
GOP Leaders Respond
Despite calls from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator John McCain to drop out of the race, Roy Moore continues to deny the multiple allegations and has pledged to remain in the special election in Alabama to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The election is set for December 12.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who chairs the Senate GOP campaign arm, is leading an effort to expel Moore from the Senate if he wins.
According to a poll taken after the allegations came out, Moore is still 10 points ahead of the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones. Jones is a former US attorney who successfully prosecuted the KKK for the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, AL that killed four girls.
At present, this special election sets up a dramatic standoff between the establishment wing of the GOP with the Bannon wing of the GOP.