Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) withdrew his support for Republican Roy Moore on Monday amid mounting allegations of sexual assault against the Alabama Senate candidate.
“As it stands, I can't urge the people of Alabama to support a campaign in the face of these charges without serious, persuasive demonstration that the charges are not true,” Cruz told reporters, according to the Texas Tribune.
Cruz called the allegations from this week and last week “serious charges of criminal conduct that if true, not only make him unfit to serve in the Senate but merit criminal prosecution.”
On Monday, Beverly Young Nelson stepped forward alleging Moore, while the district attorney of Etowah County, sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old.
Nelson said that Moore offered to drive her home after her work shift at a local Alabama restaurant but instead drove them to the back of the parking lot. When Nelson asked where they were going, “Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts.”
Nelson also presented her yearbook, which Moore allegedly signed in 1977, “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A. 12-22-77 Olde Hickory House.”
Cruz noted while recanting his endorsement of Moore that “grown men don’t typically sign high school girls’ yearbooks.”