Another Roy Moore accuser steps forward — here’s what you need to know

Another Roy Moore accuser steps forward — here’s what you need to know
Another woman is accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault when she was 16 and a waitress at a diner in Gadsden, Alabama. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

What happened?

High-profile women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred held a news conference Monday with another woman accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) of sexual assault years ago, and Allred provided additional evidence to support the accuser’s story. Here’s what you need to know about the news conference and the evidence:
  • The woman, Beverly Young Nelson, said she was a 15-year-old waitress at Old Hickory House in Gadsden, Alabama, in 1977 when she met Moore, who frequented the diner and often time stayed until closing time.
  • Nelson said Moore, then 31, would frequently pull her long hair and flirt with her, but she had a boyfriend and was not interested in dating a man twice her age.
  • Nelson also mentioned that she brought her school yearbook into the diner one night, when Moore saw the yearbook and and requested to sign it. “To a more sweet and beautiful girl, I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore DA. Old Hickory House.”
  • One night after she turned 16, Nelson recalled an incident in which Moore offered her a ride home from the diner, took her behind the building, and groped her, attempting to force her head in his crotch area. Nelson said she screamed and tried to flee the car, but that Moore locked the doors to keep her in the car.
  • I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him,” Nelson said. “I was terrified. I thought he was going to rape me. At some point, he gave up.”
  • Nelson said Moore made it clear he wanted her to stay quiet: “You’re just a child and I am the District Attorney of Etowah County, and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you,” Nelson alleged Moore said to her before she either fell or he pushed her out of the car.
  • According to Nelson, she told three people: her sister two weeks after the incident, her mother four years ago, and her husband before they married.
  • Nelson said she does not wish to pursue criminal or civil charges, but is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate Moore’s misconduct.

So what’s the evidence Allred and Nelson provided?

Allred and Nelson provided Nelson’s yearbook at the news conference, showing Moore’s inscription and signature.

As indicated by Business Insider’s Josh Barro, the signature matches a recent signature of Moore’s.


While this evidence doesn’t prove Moore forced himself on Nelson, it does lend credibility to Nelson’s overall story and establishes there was some sort of relationship between the two.

In a statement, the Moore campaign responded to these allegations with a denial:

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone. This is a witch hunt against a man who has had an impeccable career for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high character.

Watch the entire news conference here:

279 Comments