Fifth Woman Comes Forward to Accuse Roy Moore of Sexual Assault When She Was 16
A fifth woman has come forward to accuse U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was just 16 years old.
Moore, 70, has been blamed for ‘initiating a sexual encounter’ with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 as three other women recalled him "pursuing" them when they were also in their teens, according to The Washington Post.
Beverly Young Nelson, came forward with the latest allegation while accompanied by famed attorney Gloria Allred.
During a news conference Monday, Nelson recalled her interaction with Moore at age 16, when she was working as a waitress in Gadsden, Ala.
At the time, Moore was a 30-year-old prosecutor in the Etowah County District Attorney's Office.
Nelson claimed Moore had offered her a ride home after her shift at the Olde Hickory House ended, but instead of driving, they remained in the restaurant's parking lot.
“… Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts,” she said.
She also described Moore as reaching over her to lock the car door when she tried to get out, and grasping her neck and forcing her head toward his crotch.
"I thought that he was going to rape me,” Nelson said as tears streamed down her face.'
As she struggled, Nelson said Moore eventually let her leave the car, but not before telling her, "If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you."
Nelson said she found herself black and blue from the alleged attack and quit her job at the Olde Hickory House the next day.
The accusations have triggered the hashtag “#MeAt14” to highlight the childhood and innocence of young women at that age. Celebrities have joined in on the trend, including Charmed actress Alyssa Milano, famed newswoman Katie Couric and comedian Lizz Winstead.
In response, the Republican has called the claims “completely false and a desperate political attack.” He has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.
Moore is running against Democrat Doug Jones for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The election is on Dec. 12.
On Fox News, Sean Hannity, urged viewers not to rush to judgement in the Moore case.
"With the allegations against Judge Moore, none of us knows the truth of what happened 38 years ago,” Hannity said. “The only people that would know that are the people involved in this incident."
In response to the Hannity remarks, coffee machine manufacturer Keurig pulled its ads from Hannity's TV show.
The move led to a boycott of Keurig by Hannity fans, and a slew of videos showing them destroying their coffee machines.