Roy Moore’s Senate campaign dismissed the latest allegation of sexual assault against him Monday, and also criticized the accuser's lawyer as someone who promoted the death of unborn children by supporting abortions.
"Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is only around to create a spectacle,” Moore’s campaign said in a statement Monday, calling out the accuser's lawyer by name. “Allred was the attorney who claims credit for giving us Roe v. Wade which has resulted in the murder of tens of millions of unborn babies."
Allred is representing Beverly Young Nelson, the latest woman to come forward and allege Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.
In a press conference Monday, Nelson described one encounter with Moore that occurred in 1975, when she was 16 years old.
Nelson said Moore offered to drive her home from work one night but instead parked in a “dark, deserted” part of a parking lot behind the restaurant where she worked. Nelson said Moore groped her and “began squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch.”
“I was determined that I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified,” she said. “He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was going to rape me.”
Nelson is the fifth woman to come forward with sexual allegations against Moore.
Four other women revealed to the Washington Post in an article published last week Moore pursued sexual and romantic relations with them when they were between the ages of 14 and 18 and he was in his 30s.
One woman, Leigh Corfman, said Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old. Moore was an assistant district attorney at the time.
Three others said Moore dated them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.