One of the biggest mysteries dividing our nation right now seems to be whether or not Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore really did sexually assault a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl 40 years ago as they recently claimed. Now Moore’s attorney just attacked the latest accuser’s testimony.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday afternoon at the Alabama Republican Party headquarters in Hoover, attorney Phillip L. Jauregui addressed the accusation of Beverly Young Nelson. Flanked by her well-known attorney Gloria Allred, Nelson gave an emotional news conference Monday where she outlined the alleged attack.
Nelson said that when she 16, Moore offered to drive her home from her restaurant job in Alabama. But instead of driving her home, Nelson said Moore parked his car in the dark and began to assault her, attempting to rape her. Nelson said she got away after fighting back.
She also told the story of a note she said Moore left in her yearbook shortly before the alleged attack.
“To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say ‘Merry Christmas.’ Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore D.A.,” the note read.
On Wednesday, though, Moore’s attorney Jauregui said that Moore “flatly denies” signing Nelson’s yearbook and says the handwriting does not match his own. He also said he doesn’t recall ever including “D.A.” in his signature during his career as district attorney, according to AL.com. Plus, he was the Deputy District Attorney at the time, so his initials would have been DDA.
Jaregui announced that he’d written a letter to Nelson’s attorney Allred asking her to release the yearbook so that a neutral handwriting expert could verify if Moore really wrote it or not.
"We can't just stand by idly and let false charges go without some answers," Jauregui stated.
He also pointed out what he says is an inconsistency in Nelson’s testimony, according to Fox News. He said Nelson claims she never had contact with Moore again since 1977, yet Moore was the judge presiding over Nelson’s divorce proceedings in 1999. However, AL.com pointed out that Moore also claimed to have never known Nelson.
"I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false," Moore said on Monday. "I never did what she said I did. I don't even know the woman. I don't know anything about her."
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