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Roy Moore denies new allegations
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Republicans continue to distance themselves from former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roy Moore, amid the sexual assault allegations leveled against him. Over recent weeks, the controversial Alabama Senate candidate has denied all accusations, calling them a “political maneuver” ahead of next month’s election.
On Monday, a woman accused Moore of sexually assaulting her in a diner parking lot in 1977 when she was a teenager. Hours later, Moore told reporters at a short press conference that her allegations are “absolutely false” and noted that he doesn’t even know the woman.
Roy More: “I don’t even know the woman”
It looks like Moore’s chances of landing a seat in the U.S. Senate are coming crashing down. With the number of disturbing accusations thrown at Moore, the GOP is demanding that Moore step aside and allow someone else to take his place in the Alabama contest.
Accompanied by attorney Gloria Allred, Beverly Young Nelson publicly accused Moore of sexual misconduct when she was just 16 years old. Nelson becomes the fifth woman in less than a month to accuse Moore of sexual impropriety.
Nelson alleged that Moore, a regular at the diner where she worked, offered to drive her home once her waitressing shift was over.
She claims that he parked his automobile behind the restaurant, forcefully groping her, taking her top off and pushing her head toward his crotch.
She struggled to escape, and said he “eventually gave up.” Nelson said, “He told me, he said, ‘You’re just a child’ and he said, ‘I am the district attorney of Etowah County and if you tell anyone about this no one will ever believe you.”
What makes the situation worse for Moore is that the woman brought up her high school yearbook that included a message from Moore, written shortly before the alleged attack:
To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A.
Speaking at a press conference, alongside his wife, Kayla, he denied all of the allegations, claiming it to be a “political maneuver” because he is 11 points ahead.
He said in a statement to reporters:
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.
And if you look at this situation, you’ll see that, because I’m 11 ahead, or 10 and 11 points ahead — this race just being 28 days off, this is a political maneuver. It has nothing to do with reality, it is all about politics.
His wife also spoke, describing it as the “ugliest politics” she has ever witnessed in her life.
Will Roy Moore step down from the race?
Soon after the Nelson accusations, The New Yorker reported that Moore was prohibited from visiting Gadsden Mall because he targeted teenage girls around the establishment. The report included comments from police officers and mall employees.
Will this finally prompt Moore to quit the race? Polls show that he is already down by four points.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle, including Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, have called for Moore step down before the December 12 special election.
Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner went as far as urging the Senate to expel him if he wins “because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”
Voters think he should, too. According to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 60 percent of U.S. voters say Moore should not continue his Senate campaign.
One-fifth of voters believe that the accusations are not sufficiently credible. The more women who come forward, however, the worse it looks for Moore’s Senate bid.
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