In a heart-wrenching press conference Monday, Beverly Young Nelson recounted her experience with Roy Moore.
Nelson recalled being just 16 years old when Moore allegedly locked his car door and began groping her. “He was also trying to pull my shirt off,” Nelson said. “I thought that he was going to rape me.”
In addition to recounting her experience in vivid detail, Nelson provided reporters with a copy of a page from her high school yearbook. An inscription calling Nelson “beautiful” is signed “Love, Roy Moore, D.A.”
Ms. Nelson's printed statement includes a picture of Moore's note in her yearbook...
“Love, Roy Moore D.A.” pic.twitter.com/cXfLThHkb0
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) November 13, 2017
“I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false. I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman. I don’t know anything about her,” Moore said Monday evening, denying he ever knew the woman whose yearbook he appears to have signed.
Moore went on to say the allegations have only surfaced because he is leading in the polls ahead of the Dec. 12 Alabama Senate election. “This is a political maneuver and has nothing to do with reality. It's all about politics,” Moore added.
While Moore quickly dismissed the allegations, he did not address why his apparent signature appears in a high school yearbook. A side-by-side comparison of Moore's signature on a 2017 document appears to match up perfectly with Moore's signature in the yearbook from 40 years earlier:
Roy Moore's signature from that 1977 yearbook matches Roy Moore's signature on his US Term Limits pledge this year. pic.twitter.com/4gQz9ytZZX
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) November 13, 2017
The latest accusation against Moore comes less than one week after a bombshell Washington Post report named three women who said Moore pursued them for dates while they were teenagers and one woman who alleged Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her at age 14.
can't say I've ever heard of a district attorney signing a high school yearbook
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) November 13, 2017
Several locals recalled Moore being banned from the Gadsden Mall while serving as Etowah County District Attorney, The New Yorker reported. The locals believed Moore had been banned from the mall because of his frequent advances toward teenage girls while shopping there.
Watch Moore's comments below, via ABC.