Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is denying knowing Beverly Young Nelson, the woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her in a diner parking lot in 1977 when she was an underaged teenager, despite a yearbook belonging to the woman that appears to contain a love note and signature from the former District Attorney.
Moore called the allegations “absolutely false” during a short press conference this evening with his wife Kayla Moore standing by his side.
“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.
Nelson came forward as the fifth woman to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct.
The then-Etowah County district attorney had offered to drive Nelson, who was 16 at the time, home after her waitressing shift ended. Moore instead parked his car behind the restaurant and forcefully tried to grope her, take off her top and push her head toward his “crotch.”
During the press conference, Nelson held up a yearbook that she said Moore wrote in shortly before the sexual assault took place.
“To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A. 12-22-77 Olde Hickory House,” Moore allegedly wrote in the yearbook, naming the restaurant.
Nelson says Moore would eat at the restaurant where she worked, flirting and pulling her hair starting when she was 15. He allegedly wrote this in her HS yearbook. pic.twitter.com/MeIrRVPUlb
— Alex Silverman (@AlexSilverman) November 13, 2017
A comparison of Roy Moore’s signature appears to match the signature in the yearbook:
Roy Moore’s signature in Beverly Young Nelson’s yearbook compared to his signature this year: pic.twitter.com/DoBoCx77eX
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) November 13, 2017
Moore also denied knowing where the Olde Hickory House restaurant in Gadsen, Ala “is or was,” the diner Nelson named as the place where the attack took place.
Moore called the latest accusations a “political maneuver.”
“And if you look at this situation, you’ll see that, because I’m 11 ahead, or 10 and 11 points ahead — this race just being 28 days off, this is a political maneuver. It has nothing to do with reality, it is all about politics,” he added.
Moore’s wife Kayla Moore, called the sexual misconduct allegations the “ugliest politics” she has ever seen in her entire life.
“I’ve been married to this man for 32 years. We’ve been together for 33 altogether. He has never one time lifted a finger to me. He is the most gentle, most kind man that I have ever known in my life. He’s godly, he’s loving and everyone in this community knows it. These are our church members, our family, our friends. These are people who know him just like I do,” she said told reporters.
Last week, The Washington Post detailed the account of Leigh Corfman, now 53, who described how Moore made unwanted sexual advances with her in 1979, when she was 14 and he was 32.