A second woman emerged Monday to accuse Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her as a teenager in the late 1970s, this time in a locked car, further undermining the Alabama Republican’s candidacy for an open Senate seat, Newsmax reports.
Beverly Young Nelson alleged that the assault happened when Moore was a 30-something-year-old prosecutor in the Etowah County District Attorney’s Office. Nelson said she met Moore while working as a waitress at the Old Hickory House, a restaurant off U.S. 431 in Gadsden. Moore’s campaign responded that former Alabama judge was innocent and “has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone.” Later Monday evening, Moore denied ever know Nelson.
“I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false. I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman. I don’t know anything about her.” Moore told reporters.
In the latest day of jarring events, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Moore essentially declared open war on each other, as McConnell said Moore should quit the race over a series of recent allegations of past improper relationships with teenage girls, the Associated Press writes.
McConnell took a remarkably personal swipe at his party’s candidate for a Senate seat the GOP cannot afford to lose. “I believe the women,” he said, marking an intensified effort by leaders to ditch Moore before a December 12 special election that has swung from an assured GOP victory to one that Democrats could conceivably swipe.
Last Thursday, The Washington Post reported that in 1979 when he was 32, Moore had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued romantic relationships with three other teenage girls around the same period.
Moore has called the allegations “completely false and misleading,” but in an interview last week he did not unequivocally rule out dating teenage girls when he was in his early 30s. Asked by conservative radio host Sean Hannity if that would have been usual for him, Moore said, “It would have been out of my customary behavior.”