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Woman accuses Roy Moore of sexual assault

by Evan Wilt
Posted 11/13/17, 04:48 pm

An Alabama woman on Monday accused Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault, the second woman to outline accusations of immoral and illegal behavior against the longtime politician. During a news conference in New York City, Beverly Young Nelson described Moore as a regular customer at an Alabama restaurant where she worked as a teenager during the 1970s. At that time, Moore was the 30-year-old deputy district attorney for Etowah County, Ala. Nelson claimed that in December 1977, when she was 16 years old, Moore offered her a ride home from the restaurant and tried to force himself on her in his parked car. She said Moore grabbed her breasts and squeezed her neck, forcing her head toward his crotch. Nelson said she fought his advances and he eventually let her out of the car and drove away. She said she told her sister about the incident in 1979 and told her mother about it four years ago. Nelson said the accounts from four other women in a recent Washington Post report, including a 14-year-old who accused Moore of undressing and touching her inappropriately, inspired her to come forward. She described herself as a supporter of President Donald Trump and insisted her accusations against Moore have nothing to do with the Republican Party or Alabama’s Dec. 12 special election, where Moore is running against Democrat Doug Jones for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old U.S. Senate seat. Through her attorney Gloria Allred, Nelson said she’s willing to testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee and asked the panel to subpoena Moore to do the same. Moore’s campaign released a statement ahead of the news conference calling Allred a “sensationalist leading a witch hunt.”

Editor’s note: This article was edited to reflect that Roy Moore was deputy district attorney in Etowah County, Ala., from 1977 to 1982.

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    Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 05:19 pm

    I just have two questions... why the wait? Why not come forward about this earlier?

  • Hans's picture
    Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 06:24 pm

    For goodness sake, have you read the comments on World’s articles? Why not come forward? Because you lot—you conservative evangelicals—are calling all the accusers liars and politician shills because someone dare question your dear upstanding Republican’s moral facade. How is this even a question? I mean, you better believe I would keep my mouth shut too rather than be put through the torture ofbeing eaten alive by evangelicals out in force to defend their political candidates at the cost of all dignity and integrity. 

  • TWH
    Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 06:56 pm

    That's one question stated two ways.

    Are you truly unaware that it is extremely common for the powerless to keep quiet in the face of the powerful? Why did everyone in Jerusalem keep quiet in the face of David's sin until God sent Nathan to confront him?

  • Wayne Asbury
    Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 07:28 pm

    Both questions were answered by Hans. But another couple things to keep in mind are the following.  The Catholic church has waited several decades before admitting that some of their priests were pedophiles. This did not make them any less guilty because they got away with it for years.  And the Protestant church has had more than it's share of loud preachers of righteousness that have praciticed all sorts of deviant sexual behavior.  No one but God, Roy Moore, and these ladies may know whether all of this is true or not. If he is innocent, as he claims to be, he certainly won't be the first Christian to be unjustly persecuted.  And if he is guilty, losing an election should be the least of his worries.  This is why the Billy Graham rule of not putting yourself in the place where you can be tempted or falsely accused is not such a bad idea.  Maybe the real question should be-Why don't more Christian men go and do likewise?

  • jzepi
    Posted: Tue, 11/14/2017 04:49 pm

    It doesn't really make sense to me that fear was the reason she didn't speak up before, since now she's on a national stage and she's more in the big media spotlight than she would have been if she had filed a formal complaint when it happened 30+ years ago. Sad as it is, in this day and age there are women who will in fact lie about such things. We have seen it repeatedly in other cases, and it seems to be getting more blatant. It's sad because in a perfect world I'd like to be able to trust everybody who made such a complaint, but the truth is now I don't, I have to see convincing proof first, and so far I don't see any. The timing is too fishy.

  • Eual D. Blanset...
    Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 11:47 pm

    I have supported Roy Moore for many years now and I will continue to support him in the future.  As soon as I saw the woman's attorney was Gloria Allred, that was all I needed to know to make the decision not to believe Nelson's story.  One does not need that attorney to make one's voice heard.  (Do I hear a marketing deal in the making?)  The actions described by this woman and the others are totally inconsistent with the character of the man I have grown to respect.  Additionally, it is amazing that these woman are now coming forward when Roy Moore has been a controversial political and judicial figure for decades in Alabama.  But, let's assume for a second that what Nelson has said is true.  It happened 40 years ago, Roy Moore was not married, Roy Moore's behavior, although not Biblical, was not in violation of Alabama law, Roy Moore did not persist when it was clear Nelson meant "no," and Roy Moore's life has since been dedicated to the nation and to the God we love.  I am ready to forgive him for any indiscretion he may have committed in his younger, unmarried years.  Also, it is amazing that those most willing to forget Bill Clinton's past are the loudest in their condemnation of Roy Moore.  In closing, I agree with Jesus when he addressed the crowd who wanted to stone the woman caught in adultery, let those without sin cast the first stone.

    Yours, Eual D. Blansett, Jr.  

  • Wayne Asbury
    Posted: Tue, 11/14/2017 09:04 am

    I think Eual Blansett is trying to be both wise and gracious.  A persons character should always be taken into consideration. That is one reason  sin  is always wrong and should always be condemned no matter who it is.  We don't want to rush to judgment against either side and that seems to have been done on both sides with Mr Moore and his accusers.  I guess the part I don't understand is the part about forgiving Mr Moore "if" he is guilty. If he truly is guilty, that would make him both unrepentant and a liar who has not only covered his sin but adamantly denied it. If he is innocent, as he claims to be, that means his accusers are all lying. Do they get the same sweeping forgiveness covering their unconfessed sins as well?

  • MamaC
    Posted: Wed, 11/15/2017 03:12 pm

    Regarding your comment: "Also, it is amazing that those most willing to forget Bill Clinton's past are the loudest in their condemnation of Roy Moore," I, on the other hand, think it is amazing that those who were loudest in their condemnation of Bill Clinton are the most willing to overlook Roy Moore's past.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 11/14/2017 01:26 am

    Forty years since the alleged incident. 

    Gloria Allred’s involvement. 

    Tight race for a national office. 

    Hmmm...  and the ones screaming the loudest about this are the very folks who have vehemently defended Bill Clinton.

    But OF COURSE we should take this lady’s story at face value.



  • MamaC
    Posted: Wed, 11/15/2017 03:16 pm

    And the ones vehemently defending Roy Moore are the very folks who screamed loudest about Bill Clinton.

  • AlanE
    Posted: Tue, 11/14/2017 10:35 pm

    Politics being what it is, the opposition will always hold a story they get wind of until an opportune moment. 

    I'd be a lot more willing to sympathize with Moore if he stood up and said, "You know what, I was wrong. That was wretched of me to do." Instead he says he never knew the woman and of another he says the signed yearbook is a forgery. I would think the latter would be fairly easy to prove, if true. It should be easy to distinguish a recent signature from one made 40 years ago with all that goes into forensics these days. If Moore really knows it's a forgery, then he simply calls the bluff and says, "Let's take your yearbook to a third party forensics investigation." It would do a lot for Moore's believability factor if he would do exactly that. Instead, he has simply issued a denial.

    In place of anything meaningful, Moore offers not-very-convincing denials, carefully parsed to avoid putting himself at any additonal exposure. 

    There is no doubt this is a case of political piling on. But that does not make Moore innocent in this matter. And Moore has a whole lot of explaining to do. And the evangelical church should be at the forefront of asking questions since it is our witness to the world he is rubbing in the dirt by being less than forthright.

    For once I wish we'd stand for all that is right, pure, lovely, and admirable with a tenth of the vigor we stand for political candidates. We have a biblical mandate to stand for the former, but not for the latter. But maybe the Bible doesn't matter much if we're winning.

  • MamaC
    Posted: Wed, 11/15/2017 03:14 pm


  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Wed, 11/15/2017 07:41 am

    She is a real con! Can you figure out why? Look at the video! See the crocodile tears? What mistake did the lying liberals make in their press conference to take out Judge Roy Moore?

    hint: Why would she support Trump?

  • Rick
    Posted: Mon, 11/20/2017 11:24 am

    I just read the best article so far on this by Joy Overbeck at  I've been disappointed that world seems to assume that Roy Moore is guilty.