The accusations against Republican Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore are piling up. After last week, when Moore was accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl and attempting to initiate relationships with three other teenaged girls, a fifth accuser has come forward. In a press conference in New York, Beverly Nelson said that when she was 16-years-old, she was afraid Roy Moore was going to rape her. Nelson’s is the first Roy Moore rape allegation — the previous women all accused Moore of sexual misconduct.
Nelson said Moore assaulted her in his car while they were parked behind the restaurant where she worked. She said:
He stopped the car, and he parked his car in between the dumpster and the back of the restaurant. The area was dark and it was deserted. I was alarmed, and I immediately asked him what he was doing. Instead of answering my questions, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts. I tried to open my car door to leave, but he reached over and he locked it so I could not get out.
I tried fighting him off while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my head onto his crotch. I continued to struggle. I was determined that I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off.
I thought that he was going to rape me. I was twisting, and I was struggling, and I was begging him to stop. I had tears running down my face. At some point he gave up. And then looked at me, and he told me, he said, “You’re just a child,” and he said, “I am the District Attorney of Etowah County, and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.”
He finally allowed me to open the door, and I either fell out, or he pushed me out. I was on the ground, as he pulled out of the parking area behind the restaurant. The passenger door was still open, and he burned rubber, pulling away, leaving me laying there on this cold concrete in the dark.
Nelson says her claims are not politically motivated. She and her husband both voted for Trump. Rather, she says that she felt empowered to come forward when Moore’s other accusers came forward last week.
While he hasn’t yet replied to Nelson’s Roy Moore rape allegations, Moore denied the previous four, telling Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he “didn’t remember” accosting any of his accusers (though, by his admission, he might’ve dated two of them). He also said of his accusers, “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and The Washington Post on this campaign.” He later threatened to sue The Washington Post.
Like Nelson, Leigh Corfman, who accused Moore of molesting her at 14 years old, is also a Trump voter.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a Louisville press conference today he “believes the women.” He also said that Moore “should step aside.” Moore, however, tweeted in response:
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 13, 2017
McConnell is not the only GOP leader to denounce Moore. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said that should Moore win the upcoming special election, he should be expelled from the Senate “because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements.”
Senator Susan Collins of Maine joined McConnell and Gardner in denouncing her fellow Republican:
I have now read Mr. Moore’s statement and listened to his radio interview in which he denies the charges. I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) November 13, 2017
Before the Roy Moore rape and sexual misconduct allegations, Moore was most known for being fired from his previous position as Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice for ordering his state’s probate judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses after it was nationally legalized.
If Moore loses the special election to Democratic challenger Doug Jones, it would reduce the Republican advantage in the Senate to only one seat. The special election will take place on December 12.
A handful of women have begun sharing photos of themselves at age 14 along with stories of sexual harassment and assault that they experienced at that age, along with the hashtags #MeAt14 and #NoMoore.
Watch Nelson’s Roy Moore rape accusation below: