Beverly Young-Nelson became the fifth woman to accuse U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of pursuing them as teenagers, with Young-Nelson saying in a Monday press conference that the Alabama politician sexually assaulted her when she was 16.
Speaking in New York with attorney Gloria Allred at her side, Young-Nelson emotionally detailed her time as a waitress at a restaurant that Moore frequented; Young-Nelson was 15 when Moore would come in and grab at her hair when she walked by. Not long after Young-Nelson turned 16, Moore offered her a ride home after her boyfriend was late. Instead of getting on the highway, Moore — an Etowah County district attorney at the time — drove around near a dumpster and locked the car's doors.
"I became alarmed, asking him what he was doing ... he locked the door ... he grabbed my breasts ... I asked him to stop. .. instead of stopping, he tried to force my head down to his crotch ... I was begging him to stop ... I had tears running down my face ... he said, 'You're just a child, I'm the district attorney ... if you tell anyone about this ... no one will believe you.'"
"Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, him putting his hands on my breast," Beverly Young-Nelson says, describing an alleged assault in Roy Moore's car. (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/yf7oFJDhf2
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Young-Nelson said Moore either pushed her out of the car or she fell out; he then peeled out of the desolate area, leaving the girl on the ground, in the cold.
Young-Nelson said she was a Donald Trump supporter in last year's election and that her coming forward had "nothing to do with Republicans or Democrats. It has everything to do with Mr. Moore's sexual assault when I was a teenager." She said the four earlier accusers of Moore gave her the strength to speak publicly about her story, while Allred said Young-Nelson was prepared to testify under oath about her alleged assault.
At the press conference, Young-Nelson displayed her high school yearbook, which Moore signed before the alleged assault took place.
Moore — a longtime anti-LGBT bigot and twice-fired Alabama Supreme Court chief justice — is vying to fill the Senate vacancy left by Jeff Sessions after he became attorney general.