Roy Moore Denies Latest Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Nov 14, 2017

Beverly Young Nelson's high school yearbook, signed by then-District Attorney Roy Moore.
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U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore says the latest accusations of sexual misconduct against him are "absolutely false."

Standing by his wife at a hastily called news conference yesterday, Moore said he did not know Beverly Young Nelson and "never did what she said I did."

Nelson said yesterday that Moore assaulted her in the late 1970s when she was a 16-year-old waitress and he was in his early 30’s. Nelson is the fifth woman to accuse Roy Moore of sexual misconduct against her as a teenager. She alleges Moore attacked and groped her while sitting in his locked car outside a Gadsden restaurant after her shift ended.

Moore says the accusations against him are a "political maneuver." Reports from and the New Yorker indicate local Gadsden residents knew about Moore’s behavior for decades, and are surprised the allegations are just coming out now. Former employees say Moore was even effectively banned from the Gadsden Mall in the early 80’s for pursuing teenage girls.

Kayla Moore defended her husband, saying he is the "most gentle, most kind man that I have ever known."

Moore did not take any questions from reporters.