In the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations launched last week against Judge Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, yet another accuser has suddenly come forward.
High-profile attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference Monday afternoon to introduce a fifth accuser, a woman who “alleges that Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a minor in Alabama.”
The press briefing was held at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York City.
Below are rough draft summaries of Allred’s statements and testimony from the accuser.
“I’m here today with a very brave woman from Alabama. She alleges that at the time of [her] sexual assault, Mr. Moore was an assistant attorney,” Allred began.
“This new accuser here with me today, Beverly Young Nelson, has chosen to come forward to share her experiences of Mr. Moore when she was 15 and 16 years old and she has kept her secret for more than 40 years.
“Inspired by Mr. Moore’s other accusers, she has chosen to break her silence.
“Her 77-year-old mother said she recalls that Beverly told her what happened and that Beverly was afraid of Mr. Moore.
“Her husband, John, also stated that Beverly told him what Mr. Moore had done to her before they were married.”
Allred said Beverly is willing to testify under oath about her experiences. They are demanding that the Senate schedule a hearing within two weeks and have Judge Moore testify under oath.
The accuser also provided testimony of her experience but did not answer questions afterward:
“My name is Beverly Young Nelson,” she began, stating she was born on Nov. 14, 1961, in Santa Maria, California, and has been married for 13 years.
“When I was 15 years old, I began working after school in Gadsden, as a waitress, some nights until 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
“Moore was a regular customer, came in almost every night, sat at the counter in the same seat night after night, and would stay until closing time.
“I knew that he was the district attorney, and I knew that he was an important person. And I always treated him with respect.
“I had red [down-to-there] hair, and he would sometimes pull the ends of my hair. I was accustomed to men flirting with me.
“I did not respond to Mr. Moore’s flirtatious behavior for two reasons. First, I had a boyfriend, and second, I was not interested in having a relationship with a man twice my age.
“On Dec. 22, 1977, I brought my yearbook to work and had left it lying on the counter. Mr. Moore asked if he could write in my yearbook, and I said yes.
“‘To a sweeter, more beautiful girl, I could not say Merry Christmas,’ he wrote, signing it, ‘Love Roy Moore, DA.'”
“A week or two later, [after] my shift ended, I went outside to wait for my boyfriend to pick me up and drive me home. He was late. Moore left the restaurant at the same time and offered me a ride home. I trusted him and had no way to contact my boyfriend to let him know I had gotten a ride.
“Moore was wearing brown hush puppies on his feet. He drove a two-door car. I got into his car in the passenger seat, and he began driving. I thought he would get on the highway, but instead, he drove to the back of the restaurant. Instead of driving to the street, he stopped the car and parked the car in between the dumpster and the back of the restaurant, where there were no lights.
“I asked what he was doing. He reached over, began groping my breasts. He locked the car door, and I could not get out. He tried to push my neck toward his crotch.
“I was twisting, struggling and begging him to stop. At some point, he gave up. ‘You’re just a child, and I’m the district attorney. If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.’ He pushed me out of the car. I fell out on the pavement, while he drove away, burning rubber, as the passenger car door was still open.
“My boyfriend arrived and took me home. The following morning, my neck was black and blue with bruises, and I covered it up with makeup.
“I called the restaurant the next day and quit my job. I told my sister about two years later, and I told my mother four years ago.
“My husband and I supported Donald Trump for president. This has nothing, whatsoever, to do with Republicans or Democrats. It has everything to do with what Mr. Moore did to me.
“The other women who spoke out have encouraged me to come forward.
“I want Mr. Moore to know he no longer has any power over me, and I no longer live in fear of him.”
This is a developing story.