A new woman came forward to accuse Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager over 40 years ago, giving an emotional account of her story at a New York City press conference arranged by star attorney Gloria Allred.
The woman, Beverly Young Nelson, claims that the assault took place when she was just sixteen years old. At the time, Moore was in his thirties and working as a prosecutor in the Etowah County District Attorney’s Office, AL.com reported.
According to Nelson, she was waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up from work when Moore offered to give her a ride home.
“I trusted Mr. Moore because he was a district attorney,” she recalled.
But instead of taking her home, Nelson claims, Moore instead drove her behind the restaurant where she worked, parked near a dumpster, and began groping her and trying to force her head onto his crotch area. She screamed and tried to jump out of the car but Moore locked the doors.
“I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. I thought he was going to rape me. At some point, he gave up,” she said.
When Moore finally opened the door, Nelson claimed that she either fell out or was pushed out of the car. He then gave her a chilling warning before leaving.
“You’re just a child and I am the District Attorney of Etowah County, and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you,” Moore allegedly said.
In a statement issued just prior to the press conference, Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead blasted Allred’s credibility and motives.
“Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is only around to create a spectacle… We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone. This is a witch hunt against a man who has had an impeccable career for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high character,” the statement read.
“Let it be understood: the truth will come forward, we will pursue all legal options against these false claims and Judge Moore will be vindicated.”