Roy Moore, the GOP candidate for the Alabama seat to the U.S. Senate, forcefully denied the new allegations of sexual assault lobbed at him Monday by a second accuser.
Here's the video of his response:
"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," said Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, who was responding to Beverly Young Nelson's allegations of sexual assault. pic.twitter.com/23DUsuvYkW
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Here's what he said:
"I thank all of you for being here tonight," he began. "I wanna address what's been brought out on television today by Gloria Allred and a client that she has about things I allegedly did."
"I want to make it perfectly clear, the people of Alabama know me, they know my character, they know what I've stood for in the political world for over forty years," he explained.
"And I can tell you without hesitation, this is absolutely false," he said forcefully, "I never did what she said I did."
"I don't even know the woman, I don't know anything about her," he continued. "I don't even know where the restaurant is or was."
"And if you look at this situation, you'll see that because I'm eleven points ahead, or ten or eleven points ahead, this race being just twenty-eight days off, that this is a political maneuver, and it has nothing to do with reality, it's all about politics," Moore concluded.
What are the new allegations?
The second allegations were made Monday by Beverly Young Nelson, who claimed that Moore groped her and sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old. She said that he signed her high school yearbook with the inscription, “To a more sweet and beautiful girl, I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore DA. Old Hickory House.”
What was the reaction?
Various national Republican politicians have now called on Moore to step down based on the new allegations, but it remains to be seen what effect, if any, the allegations will have on the voters of Alabama.