(Art Moore, WND) Shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore to withdraw from the special election in Alabama in response to allegations of sexual misconduct by four women, a fifth woman came forward Monday, represented by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred.
Allred – a Democrat known for representing women who make sexual-assault claims against prominent figures – introduced Beverly Young Nelson at a news conference in Madison, New York. Nelson alleges Moore sexually assaulted her in 1977 when she 16 and working as a waitress in a restaurant in Moore’s hometown of Gadsden, Alabama.
Nellson said she didn’t speak out previously because she feared Moore and his power but was inspired by the others who recently came forward.
Moore is the Republican nominee in a special election Dec. 12 for the Alabama U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Polls show Moore’s significant lead has evaporated in the wake of the allegations, with some showing him behind and others with a narrow lead over Democratic nominee Doug Jones.
Last week, the Washington Post cited four women who claimed the former judge dated them when he was in his 30s and they were teens, with one charging he initiated a sexual encounter when she was 14.
Moore has called the allegations reported by the Post “completely false and a desperate political attack.”
His campaign responded during the news conference Monday afternoon, denying the charges and calling Allred a “sensationalist leading a witch hunt.”
Meanwhile, the top Senate Republican campaign official, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said Monday that the Senate should move to expel Moore it he were to win the election.
“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,” said Gardner. “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.”
Moore campaign responds
Just before news conference began, Moore’s campaign chairman, Bill Armistead, issued a statement.
“Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is only around to create a spectacle,” he said.
Armistead emphasized 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.”
“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,” he said.
“This is a witch hunt against a man who has had an impeccable career for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high character,” Armistead said.
“Let it be understood: the truth will come forward, we will pursue all legal options against these false claims and Judge Moore will be vindicated.”
Moore also held a press conference Monday in which he denied he knows Nelson and asserted her allegations are “absolutely false.”
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