November 13, 2017 05:09 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate (all times local):
A second woman has come forward to accuse Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a minor.
Beverly Young Nelson says Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 15 and 16. She held a news conference Monday with attorney Gloria Allred.
Moore called the allegations a "witch hunt" in a statement shortly before the press conference. Her statement follows a Washington Post report that the 70-year-old More had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued three other teenagers decades earlier.
Moore has refused to quit the race even with pressure mounting, including from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they speak publicly, which the women have done.
Speaking during the news conference, Nelson said Moore signed her yearbook and showed members of the media the inscription. A note reads, "To a sweeter, more beautiful girl, I could not say. Merry Christmas, Christmas 1977."
The note is signed: "Love, Roy Moore, DA, 12/22/77."
Beverly Young Nelson shows yearbook that Roy Moore signed “to a sweeter, more beautiful girl, I could not say … Love, Roy Moore D.A.” pic.twitter.com/oDI7aylxMJ
The latest accuser of Alabama Republican Roy Moore says the Senate candidate assaulted her when he offered her a ride home one night in the late 1970s.
Beverly Young Nelson cried at a news conference in New York with attorney Gloria Allred.
Nelson says she was a 16-year-old high school student working at a restaurant where Moore was a regular. She says Moore groped her, touched her breasts and locked the door to keep her inside his car. She said he squeezed her neck while trying to push her head toward his crotch and that he tried to pull her shirt off.
She said he finally relented and, as she fell or was pushed out of the car, warned her no one would believe her if she spoke about the encounter.
She said she was a student at Southside High School and worked at the Olde Hickory House and that Moore was a regular customer. He sat in the same seat night after night.
Moore called the allegations a "witch hunt" in a statement shortly before the news conference.
Beverly Young Nelson, then 16 years old, says Roy Moore told her: "You're just a child. I am the District Attorney... If you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you." https://t.co/CoAYGcQHwy— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 13, 2017
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama says the latest allegations against him are a "witch hunt."
Moore's campaign sent out a statement before a news conference Monday held by lawyer Gloria Allred and the latest accuser, Beverly Young Nelson.
The statement says Allred "is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt." It says Moore is innocent and "has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone." The statement reiterates that Moore "will pursue all legal options against these false claims."
Nelson says Moore assaulted her when she was 16 and he offered her a ride home from a restaurant where she worked.
Her statement follows a Washington Post report that the 70-year-old More had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued three other teenagers decades earlier.
The head of the Senate Republican campaign committee says if Roy Moore wins his race in Alabama, the Senate should vote to expel him.
Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado says in a statement that he believes the women who accused Moore of sexual misconduct and that they spoke with "courage and truth." Gardner says what they recounted proves Moore is unfit to serve in the Senate and should not run for office.
Gardner says if Moore refuses to withdraw from the Alabama race and wins, "the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate."
A new accuser has come forward, alleging that Moore assaulted her when she was 16. Moore calls that new allegation part of a "witch hunt" against him.
Updated: November 13, 2017 05:09 PM
Created: November 13, 2017 05:04 PM
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