New accuser says Moore tried to rape her when she was 16
While accompanied by attorney Gloria Allred, an Alabama woman held a press conference to accuse Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault when she was 16 years old.
Beverly Young Nelson was 15 and worked as a waitress at the restaurant Olde Hickory House in Gadsden, Alabama when she said she first interacted with Moore, who was in his early 30s and an assistant district attorney. Nelson said Moore was a regular customer who would stay until closing time, pull her hair, and flirt with her. One night, Moore offered Nelson a ride home and she accepted. Instead of driving onto the highway, Moore parked behind the restaurant and assaulted Nelson.
From Nelson’s statement:
Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts. 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 going to 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.
At some point he gave up. He then looked at me and said, “You are a child. I am the District Attorney of Etowah County. If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.” He finally allowed me to open the car door and I either fell out or he pushed me out. I was on the ground as he pulled out of the parking area behind the restaurant. The passenger door was still open as he burned rubber pulling away leaving me laying there on the cold concrete in the dark.
Nelson quit her waitress job the following day. Two years later, Moore signed Nelson’s high school yearbook.
“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,” Moore wrote.
The allegation follows Thursday’s Washington Post report citing four women who claim Moore sexually harassed them when he was in his 30s and they were minors, including one woman who said Moore stripped and groped her when she was 14.
Allred called on the Senate to hold a public hearing about Moore’s history of assault in the next two weeks. Nelson said she is willing to testify under oath.