Roy Moore has a new accuser, and this time the alleged offense is on a whole other level.
Flanked by attorney Gloria Allred (we’ll get to that later), Beverly Young Nelson delivered an emotional statement on Monday detailing an encounter when she was only 16-years-old with the then-Etiwah County district attorney, who was a regular customer at the restaurant where she worked.
Offering to give her a ride with him when her boyfriend was late picking her up, Nelson says that instead of taking the front road, Moore drove behind the restaurant and parked the car “between the dumpster and the back of the restaurant where there were no lights.”
Here’s what Nelson says happened next:
Beverly Young Nelson alleges Roy Moore “began squeezing my neck attempting to force my head into his crotch.” She was 16. pic.twitter.com/dForLnaVnp
— Alex Silverman (@AlexSilverman) November 13, 2017
Nelson pulled herself together and went back into the restaurant. When her boyfriend arrived she didn’t say anything to him about Moore’s assault because she was afraid “he would do something that would get him into trouble” because of his “violent temper.”
She says she covered the “black and blue and purple” bruising on her neck with makeup, and hid the assault from everyone except her younger sister, whom she told two years later. Nelson told her mother four years ago, and her husband before she married him.
“I supported Donald Trump for President,” said Nelson. “This has nothing whatsoever to do with the Republicans or the Democrats.”
As to why she would come forward now, Nelson says, “I thought that I was Mr. Moore’s only victim. I would probably have taken what Mr. Moore did to me to my grave. Had it not been for the courage of four other women that were willing to speak out about their experiences with Mr. Moore. Their courage has inspired me to overcome my fear.”
This time, it’ll be hard for Moore to deny knowing Nelson entirely, especially since he signed her high-school yearbook with a signature that perfectly matches the one he uses today.
Roy Moore's signature from that 1977 yearbook matches Roy Moore's signature on his US Term Limits pledge this year. pic.twitter.com/4gQz9ytZZX
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) November 13, 2017
Watch Nelson’s statement below:
Ambulance-chaser Gloria Allred is involved, and that would normally be enough to cast doubt on anyone making a decades-old claim. Roy Moore is even using that fact to try to discredit Nelson:
— Alexis Levinson (@alexis_levinson) November 13, 2017
Allred’s involvement doesn’t necessarily make Nelson’s claims untrue, and her claims are far worse than anything any of the previous accusers had to say, however noxious those allegations may be. If true, this is criminal behavior, as Ted Cruz has aptly pointed out.
So, where do Republicans go from here? The bulk of the GOP Establishment would rather see a Democrat elected than seat Moore. Normally, when John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, and Jeff Flake agree on anything it’s a bad thing for Americans and particularly conservatives, but the GOP is truly between a rock and a hard place.
However, Moore can’t exactly step down without admitting guilt, can he?
National Republican Senatorial Committee chair Cory Gardner is done with Moore, and believes he should be expelled even if he wins.
WOW –> "If [Moore] refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate." – NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) November 13, 2017
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