Days after the Washington Post detailed how Alabama Republican and Senate candidate Roy Moore had initiated inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl while he was in his 30s, another victim has come forward.
The woman, Beverly Young Nelson, has accused Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a minor, this time when the woman was 15 and 16 years old. News that Nelson would come forward was first announced by Gloria Allred, who has represented the sexual assault and misconduct victims of Bill Cosby and President Donald Trump.
Nelson said she was working as a waitress at the Old Hickory House in Gadsden, AL where Moore was a regular customer and would stay until closing time. She had a boyfriend at the time and was not interested in dating or having a sexual relationship with Moore, or any man twice her age. Still, Nelson said Moore would flirt with her repeatedly and touch her hair. One night, she accepted a ride from Moore — trusting him because he was a district attorney — but Moore didn’t drive her home.
Moore pulled into dark area behind the restaurant, where Nelson said Moore groped her and tried to force her head onto his crotch. He then told her no one would ever believe her if she tried to tell anyone about it.
“I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him,” Nelson said. “I was terrified. I thought he was going to rape me. At some point, he gave up.”
More Nelson: "The following morning my neck was black and blue + purple. In the days following I covered the bruising on my neck with makeup. I did not tell anyone about what would happen—I was scared. I felt that if I told anyone Mr Moore would do something to me or my family."
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) November 13, 2017
“Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, him putting his hands on my breast,” Beverly Young-Nelson says, describing alleged assault in Moore’s car https://t.co/jrzsy7IrVy pic.twitter.com/U1WM9CphnM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 13, 2017
Nelson is the fifth person to accuse Moore of unconsented sexual contact with them when they were no older than 18 and while Moore was in his early 30s and working as an assistant District Attorney.