Woman says Roy Moore tried to shove her "head into his crotch" when she was 16

A new accuser says Moore groped her, and then said no one would believe her if she came forward

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published November 13, 2017 3:57PM (EST)

Roy Moore (Getty/Scott Olson)
Roy Moore (Getty/Scott Olson)

A fifth woman has come forward with claims against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, and they are the most striking ones yet.

Beverly Young Nelson claimed that when she tried to leave a car that she was sharing with Roy Moore — who was then the District Attorney of Etowah County while she was 16 — he "reached over and locked it so I could not get out." She then attempted to fight him off and yelled at him to stop, which prompted Moore to start "squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch." As she continued crying, he tried to rip her shirt off, she said.

"He forced my head onto his crotch," Nelson said. "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 he was going to rape me."

Nelson claimed that Moore warned her that no one would believe her if she accused him because of his political power and her status as a minor. "You're just a child and I am the district attorney," she said. "If you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you." Then he left her in the middle of a parking lot.

"I got up, I got up and I tried to pull myself together as I was making way to the front of the restaurant when my boyfriend arrived," Nelson told reporters at a press conference on Monday. "It was late, it was dark and I did not say anything to him about what had occurred as he had a very violent temper and I was afraid he would do something that would get him into trouble."

Nelson said that she abruptly quit her job at a restaurant. She later told her mother and sister, as well as her husband before they got married. In a notable moment, she also told the reporters that both she and her husband John had voted for Donald Trump and that her speaking out against Moore has nothing to do with politics.

One other woman has said Moore tried to initiate sexual contact with her when she was 14. In response, Moore told Breitbart News in a statement, "These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and The Washington Post on this campaign."

Despite Moore's denials, however, many powerful Republicans have called on him to drop out of the race, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Republican presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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