Beverly Young Nelson, one of the several women who has accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, admitted to ABC News Friday that she altered part of the damning yearbook inscription that she had originally claimed was entirely produced by Moore.
The revelation was nestled in a story about how the prospect of Moore getting elected to the U.S. Senate â€śsickensâ€ť Nelson. She claims that he groped her 40 years ago, when Nelson was a teenage waitress at the Olde Hickory House restaurant in Gadsden, Alabama, and Moore was the deputy district attorney of Etowah County in his thirties.
â€śHe could be doing this still,â€ť she told ABC. â€śWe donâ€™t know. And, then again, I hope that heâ€™s changed. I really do.â€ť
Moore has denied all allegations against him, claiming repeatedly that he has never met any of the women. Nelsonâ€™s yearbook inscription â€“ which reads, â€śTo a sweeter, more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A. 12-22-77 Olde Hickory House â€“ seemed to throw a wrench into Mooreâ€™s story by providing proof that they did know each other.
Moore, as well as the bulk of his supporters, argued that the inscription was forged as part of a left-wing plot to deny him the Senate seat. Nelson initially claimed at a press conference with her lawyer, Gloria Allred, that Moore had written the entire message, but her latest interview with ABC calls that assertion into question.
Beverly Young Nelson, one of the women accusing GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, tells @GMA it â€śsickensâ€ť her to think what might happen if Moore is elected. https://t.co/wuEGWr0kng pic.twitter.com/lcp5OY4x3A
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 8, 2017
â€śBeverly, he signed your yearbook,â€ť ABC News reporter Tom Llamas asked her.
â€śHe did sign it,â€ť she replied, but later admitted to making notes underneath.
During a Friday press conference in Atlanta, Nelson and Allred insisted that Moore had written the message, but Allred clarified that Nelson added identifying details.
â€śBeverly indicates she added that to remind herself of who Roy Moore was and where and when Mr. Moore signed her yearbook,â€ť Allred said.
Boyfriend at the time says she lied.
Employees of the restaurant say she lied.
Customers of the restaurant say she lied.
Her step son says she lied.
Now she herself admits to lying.
Letâ€™s count how many national outlets will ignore the fact that she admits to lying. https://t.co/9D5OYCVORx
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) December 8, 2017
Moore continues to demand that Allred hand over the yearbook so that an independent handwriting analyst can determine whether he actually wrote the inscription.
Alabama voters will decide next Tuesday whether Moore or his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, will prevail in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and held in the interim by Luther Strange.