Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Monday night offered a fresh denial he acted inappropriate with teenaged women, denying allegations made by a fifth woman who said he assaulted her when she was a minor.
“I want to make it perfectly clear, the people of Alabama know me, they know my character, they know what I’ve stood for in the political world for over 40 years. And I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false,” Moore told reporters without taking questions.
He added: “I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman. I don’t know anything about her. I don’t even know where the restaurant is or was.”
Brenda Nelson is the fifth woman to come forward alleging that Moore initiated contact with her when she was a teenager and he was over 30, then serving as the Etowah County district attorney. Nelson appeared Monday in a press conference in New York City with her attorney Gloria Allred. She alleged Moore forced himself on her in a car behind the restaurant where she was employed at age 16 as a waitress in Gadsden, Alabama.
In his brief statement, Moore referenced his lead in the upcoming special election for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. As he did last week, Moore argued that the story was “a political maneuver” and “has nothing to do with reality.”
Moore’s wife Kayla spoke as well.
“I’ve been married to this man for 32 years. We’ve been together for 33 all-together,” she said. “He has never one time lifted a finger to me … he’s Godly. He’s loving, and everybody in this community knows it.”
“These things are false, and it’s ugly, it’s the ugliest politics that I’ve ever been in in my life,” she added.
Although Moore maintained that he did not know Brenda Nelson, during her Monday press conference, Allred presented Nelson’s 1977 high school yearbook, signed by “Roy Moore, D.A.”