Beverly Young has alleged that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama sexually assaulted her when she was 16. Moore, who has been accused of misconduct by four other women, has denied the allegations.
On Nov. 13, Young alleged during a press conference that Moore had assaulted her in 1977. Young is represented by prominent attorney Gloria Allred.
Reading from a statement, Young said that Moore had offered her a ride home when she was waitressing at 16 years old. Moore, who was the district attorney of Etowah County at the time, allegedly drove his car into the restaurant's parking lot and groped her. Young said that Moore would not let her out of the vehicle and attempted to force her face toward his genitals, WIAT reports.
Young alleged that Moore told her, "You're just a child. ... And if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you."
Young presented her high school yearbook from 1977, which included an inscription from Moore.
"To a sweeter more beautiful girl, I could not say Merry Christmas," Moore wrote, adding his signature, "Roy Moore, DA, 12-22-77."
Allred said that her client was willing to testify before a Senate Judiciary committee if they wanted to investigate the matter.
"Beverly would like to testify under oath," Allred said. "What I'm looking for is the extent of justice that's possible in the political process."
Moore, 70, is the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. The GOP candidate had drawn national controversy for condemning same-sex marriages, questioning the citizenship of former President Barack Obama, and asserting that Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress, according to Politico.
On Nov. 9, Alabama resident Leigh Corfman alleged that Moore had sexually assaulted her when she was 14 years old in 1979. Corfman said that he had kissed her and moved her hand to his genitals. He would have been 32 at the time. Wendy Miller, Debbie Wesson Gibson, and Gloria Thacker Deason also alleged that Moore had dated them or purchased them alcohol when they were teenagers, The Washington Post reports.
On Nov. 12, Moore denied the allegations and signaled that he would sue newspaper outlet for libel.
"The Washington Post published another attack on my character and reputation because they are desperate to stop my political campaign," Moore said during a press conference, according to CNN. "These attacks said I was with a minor child and are false and untrue -- and for which they will be sued."
Following Young's press conference, the Moore campaign released a statement denying the new allegation.
"Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is only around to create a spectacle. ... We've said this before and we'll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone," the campaign said.
The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, GOP Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, released a statement calling for the Senate to expel Moore even if he wins the U.S. Senate election in Alabama, The Washington Times reports.
"I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office," Gardner said. "If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate."