Mounting claims

Another woman accuses Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault

Beverly Nelson (L) reacts as she reads a statement to reporters with attorney Gloria Allred during a news conference announcing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican congressional candidate Roy Moore, in New York, November 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

On Monday, a fifth woman came forward and accused Roy Moore, the Republican candidate in the race for Alabama’s Senate seat, of sexual misconduct. Appearing alongside attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference in New York City, Beverly Young Nelson told reporters that she was assaulted by Moore as a 16-year-old high school student in the late 1970s.

Nelson, breaking into tears, said Moore was a frequent patron at a restaurant she worked in at the time. One evening, she said, Moore gave her a ride home from the restaurant and, while in the car, fondled her and touched her breasts. Nelson said Moore locked the car door when she tried to escape. “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,” Nelson told reporters. At the time, Moore was working as an assistant district in the Etowah County district attorney’s office.

She is the fifth woman to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct dating back decades. All of the women say their encounters with Moore took place when they were teenagers. Last week, Leigh Corfman told The Washington Post that Moore, then 32, had initiated sexual contact with her during a 1979 encounter. She was 14 at the time of the alleged misconduct. Moore has denied all of the allegations and in a statement on Monday accused Allred of being “a sensationalist leading a witch hunt.”

The allegations have rocked the race to fill the Senate seat left open when Jeff Sessions joined the Trump administration as the country’s attorney general. Many prominent Republicans, including John McCain and Mitt Romney, have called for Moore to leave the race. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined the growing chorus urging Moore to step aside. “I believe the women,” McConnell said of Moore’s accusers. In response, Moore fired back on Twitter saying McConnell should be the one to “step aside.” For more on the Moore developments, watch the video below.

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