5th Woman Comes Forward With Assault Allegations Against Roy Moore
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Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET
Another woman has charged that Alabama Republican Senate applicant Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager, and best Republicans now threaten to expel Moore should he win Alabama’s specialized election on Dec. 12.
In an mental news conference, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore groped her and tried to force himself on her behalf in his car behind the cafe where the then-16-year-old performed.
Nelson, appearing alongside attorney Gloria Allred on Mon, said the incident occurred found in 1977. She said she pleaded with Moore, then the assistant district attorney of Etowah County, Ala., to stop.
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“Instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my brain onto his crotch. I continued to struggle,” Nelson said, adding, “I thought that he would rape me.”
Nelson said she sometimes fell or was first pushed out of Moore’s car, which she said sped away, “burning up rubber.” She said she had dark-colored and blue marks on her behalf neck following incident, which she protected with makeup.
Moore’s campaign chairman, Costs Armistead, released a declaration calling attorney Allred “a good sensationalist leading a good witch hunt,” adding that Moore “can be an innocent person and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone.”
Immediately after Nelson’s remarks, Sen. Cory Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, released a sharply worded declaration:
“I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and real truth, proving he’s unfit to serve in the usa Senate and he should not run for office. If he won’t withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he will not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”
Earlier Monday, Senate Bulk Head Mitch McConnell said, “I really believe the ladies” and called on Moore to “step aside.”
McConnell made his remarks at a news conference found in Kentucky. Moore features been accused of initiating sexual contact with a 14-year-previous in 1979 when he was 32. Four other women possess accused Moore of inappropriate contact if they were teens.
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McConnell had initially said the other day Moore should end his candidacy “if” the allegations were true. McConnell got supported the incumbent senator, Luther Weird, in the principal. He said a write-in campaign for Weird is now “an option.”
Moore has come under increasing pressure from GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to stage aside ahead of next month’s special election. He features refused, stating the accusations were “fake and untrue” and threatening to sue The Washington Post, which primary reported the story on Nov. 9.
Moore taken care of immediately McConnell via Twitter, saying McConnell “has failed conservatives and must be replaced.”
The NRSC has pulled out of a joint fundraising agreement with Moore, and the set of prominent Republicans opposing Moore’s candidacy has steadily grown.
Among the most the latest is Maine’s Sen. Susan Collins, who in a declaration on Twitter Mon said she “did not find Moore’s denials to come to be convincing.”
Republican leaders in Alabama, however, have largely defended Moore. Alabama Point out Auditor Jim Zeigler said there is certainly “just nothing immoral or illegal” about the allegations and compared them to biblical marriages. The comments drew criticism from some evangelical leaders.
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey provides called the allegations against Moore “deeply disturbing,” but on Mon she said, “I will withhold judgment until we get more of the facts,” regarding to WSFA in Alabama.