Lost in the ongoing uproar over the last-minute allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is that while three of his accusers allege the definitely-creepy behavior of dating girls half his age, only one accused him of any sort of sexual assault. Today, though, that all changed.
Mediaite reports that today, high-profile trial lawyer Gloria Allred held a press conference taking up the case of a fifth accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, who claims that Moore attempted to rape her back when she was a 16-year-old waitress:
“He offered me a ride home. I trusted Mr. Moore because he was the district attorney. I thought he was simply doing something nice,” she said. “I thought he would get on the highway but instead he drove to the back of the restaurant.”
Nelson then told reporters that Moore “stopped the car and he parked his car in-between the dumpster and the back of the restaurant, where there were no lights.”
“The area was dark and it was deserted,” she sobbed, describing her harrowing ordeal. “I was alarmed and I immediately asked him what he was doing. Instead of answering my questions, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me and putting my hands on my breasts.”
The woman continued in hesitating tones.
“I tried to open my car door to leave but he reached over and he locked it so I could not get out. I tried fighting him off while I yelled at him to stop,” she said. “He began squeezing my neck to force my head on to his crotch. I continued to struggle. I was determined that I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified.”
Nelson continued, saying “I thought he was going to rape me. I was twisting and I was struggling and I was begging him to stop. I had tears running down my face.”
The woman then alleged that Moore threatened her, using his status as a crutch.
“At some point he gave up, then he looked at me and he told me, he said ‘you’re just a child and I am the district attorney,’” she continued. “If you tell anyone about this nobody will ever believe you.”
“He finally allowed me to open the door. I either fell out or he pushed me out.”
Nelson added that she voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 as evidence she is not speaking out for political reasons. Instead, she claims Moore’s other accusers standing up inspired her to break her silence.
If true, this would obviously make Moore a monstrously evil man who belongs in a cell, not the Senate. But is it true?
On the one hand, Allred presented as evidence Moore’s signature in Nelson’s high-school yearbook, which establishes that they knew each other:
The yearbook pic.twitter.com/23MM09eLnx
— Robert Costa (@costareports) November 13, 2017
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
Further, in recent interviews Moore has said to expect additional attacks on him in the media, which many have interpreted as an awareness of past dirty laundry he fears coming to light.
On the other hand, it’s a big leap from “knew a local waitress” to attempted rape, and Allred’s role here is rightfully setting off alarm bells. As Ben Shapiro explains:
Allred has represented high profile clients from Scary Spice to Rachel Uchitel (a Tiger Woods mistress) to Ginger Lee (a former porn star who said that Anthony Weiner asked her to lie). Allred is known for her outrageous penchant for the spotlight, and for jumping in front of cameras to represent people like Sharon Bialek, a sexual harassment accuser against Herman Cain. Here’s Tablet on Allred:
“Her hunger for media attention, even when it doesn’t seem to help her clients, appears almost pathological. Beyond that, Allred’s cases, especially those involving jilted lovers of famous men, increasingly represent the depressing terminus of a vision of feminism based solely on victimization, one in which every wronged woman deserves a legal remedy.”
I have no idea what really happened here, but this statement would not read as "credible" even if her lawyer was NOT Gloria Allred…
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) November 13, 2017
Whatever the truth, the media frenzy and debate on the Right over what to do about the election are only going to get worse from here on out. Stay tuned to TFPP for further developments.