WASHINGTON (November 14, 2017) — Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama says the latest accusation against him of sexual misconduct is “absolutely false.”
Standing by his wife at a hastily called news conference, Moore says he did not know Beverly Young Nelson and “never did what she said I did.”
Nelson said Monday that Moore assaulted her in the late 1970s when she was a 16-year-old waitress.
Moore says the accusations against him are a “political maneuver.”
Moore says he is unfamiliar with the restaurant where the woman said Moore was a regular customer. Nelson had shown reporters her high school yearbook that she said Moore signed in 1977.
Kayla Moore defended her husband, saying he is the “most gentle, most kind man that I have ever known.”
Moore did not take questions from reporters.
Meanwhile, Alabama GOP Sen. Luther Strange says it’s “highly unlikely” he will launch a write-in candidacy to retain his Senate seat despite the scandal enveloping Republican nominee Roy Moore.
Strange lost to Moore in a September runoff for the GOP nod. But amid a firestorm of controversy involving allegations that Moore molested teenage girls decades ago, several Republicans have urged Strange to consider a write-in bid.
But Strange says it’s “going to really be up to the people of our state to sort this out.”
Strange adds, “Let the facts unfold. I think right now, a write-in candidacy is highly unlikely.”