Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images Woman accuses Moore of assaulting her when she was 16
NY – An Alabama female said former Senate applicant Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old on 1977, becoming the fifth woman to go on record to accuse Moore of misconduct with them if they were young.
Appearing with lawyer Gloria Allred for a press conference here on Monday, Beverly Fresh Nelson recounted how Moore, today 70, assaulted her when she was a waitress for a restaurant that the then-district lawyer of Etowah County frequented.
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Fighting through tears, Nelson recounted how one night, Moore pressured himself on her in his car at the rear of the restaurant in Gadsden.
After she screamed at him to stop, she said, “Instead of stopping, he started out squeezing my neck, wanting to force my head onto his crotch. I continued to struggle.”
“I thought he would rape me personally,” Nelson said.
“At some point he quit,” she continued. “And then looked at me and he told me, he said, ‘You’re just a kid, and I am the district lawyer of Etowah County, and if you tell anyone concerning this, no one will ever believe you.”
Nelson said her throat was “black and blue and purple” in the next days. “I did not tell anyone about what would happen – I was scared,” she stated. “I felt that if I informed anyone, Mr. Moore would take action to me or my children.”
Allred, who stated Nelson approached her, called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to subpoena Moore and hold a hearing with him within the next two weeks. She stated Nelson would volunteer to testify.
After Nelson gave her statement, Allred presented Nelson’s senior high school yearbook from 1977, carrying a note from Moore, which is signed, “Roy Moore, D.A.” She was 15-years-old at the time. Allred said she acquired spoken with Nelson’s sister, mother, and partner, who all stated they knew about the alleged assault.
The Washington Content, in a story published last week, recognized four other women who said Moore pursued them as teenagers.
Noting that she reinforced Donald Trump in the election, Nelson stated her accusation offers nothing in connection with politics. She stated she would not need come ahead had the other four women done therefore. They have not experienced contact with Nelson, Allred stated.
“This has nothing in connection with Republicans or perhaps Democrats,” Nelson said. “This has everything to do with Mr. Moore’s assault when I was an adolescent.”
Ahead of the press conference, Moore’s campaign chairman Costs Armistead responded: “Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is merely around to make a spectacle. Allred was the lawyer who claims credit for presenting 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 can be an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone. That is a witch hunt against a man who has had an impeccable profession for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high figure,” Armistead continued in the declaration circulated by the campaign. “Allow it be understood: the truth will come ahead, we will pursue all legal choices against these false claims and Judge Moore will get vindicated.”
The press conference, placed at New York’s Palace Resort, came just time after Republican Senate Bulk Leader Mitch McConnell called on Moore to exit the race, saying he believes the ladies accusers. Moore promptly fired again on Twitter: “The person who should step aside is usually @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell.”
Later Monday, the top of the Senate Republican campaign arm said Moore should be expelled from Congress if he wins the election.