Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore (pictured) was banned from an Alabama mall because he repeatedly badgered teen girls in the 80s, a new report claims.
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore was banned from an Alabama mall because he repeatedly badgered teen girls in the 80s, a new report claims.
Last week, The Washington Post reported that Moore had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney.
Leigh Corfman told the newspaper that Moore brought her to his home and sexually molested her.
Three other women, who were also interviewed by the Post said Moore, approached them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.
And on Monday, Beverly Nelson said during a press conference that she thought Moore 'was going to rape' her when she was a high school student waiting tables.
Two of the women who have come forward said they first met Moore at the Gadsden Mall.
More than a dozen sources, including political figures and police officers told The New Yorker that they had heard over the years that Moore had been banned from the mall in the early eighties for 'repeatedly badgered teen-age girls'.
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Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore (pictured in September) was banned from an Alabama mall because he allegedly badgered teen girls in the 80s. More than a dozen sources claim they had heard over the years that Moore had been banned from the mall in the 80s
Fifth accuser, Beverly Young Nelson (above), claims that in 1977 she was groped by Moore, who then tried to force her into performing oral sex
Roy Moore was reportedly a regular visitor to the mall and according to the Post, he several other women who used to work there remembered he would frequent the shopping mall 'usually alone' and 'well-dressed in slacks and a button-down shirt'.
Teresa Jones, who worked with Moore as a deputy district attorney for Etowah County, Alabama, from 1982 until 1985, said that it was 'common knowledge' the politician allegedly preferred younger women.
'It was common knowledge that Roy Moore dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird,' Jones told CNN.
'We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall... but you really wouldn't say anything to someone like that.'
Former employee of the mall, Greg Legat, told the New Yorker that he saw Moore there a few times and even after he was reportedly banned.
'It started around 1979, I think,' Legat said. 'I know the ban was still in place when I got there.'
Two police officers in the area at the time told the magazine that: 'The general knowledge at the time when I moved here was that this guy is a lawyer cruising the mall for high-school dates,' one of the officers said.
Patterns emerge: She met the then-district attorney when she was 15 and working as a waitress at the Olde Hickory House after school (Moore above on Saturday)
Noted: Moore signed Beverly's yearbook one day at work, writing at the end: 'Love, Roy Moore DA' (above)
On Monday, Beverly Young Nelson said in an emotional press conference that she first met Moore when he was district attorney and she was a high school student who was waiting tables at the Olde Hickory House.
She was just 15 at the time, and soon after she turned 16 Moore, then 31, offered Beverly a ride home one cold winter night she said, which was the night of the alleged incident.
Beverly said that after getting in the car, Moore drove her to the back of the parking lot and pulled up next to a dumpster, where he parked and then began to grope Beverly's breasts.
She said that she asked him to stop and that when she tried to get out of the vehicle he locked the door and grabbed her neck in an attempt to pull her head down towards his crotch.
'I got into his car in the passenger seat. He began driving. I thought he would get on the highway, but instead he drove to the back of the restaurant,' said Beverly of the night she was allegedly assaulted by Moore.
'I was not immediately alarmed as there was an exit from the back of the restaurant to the street and he could drive from there to my house without getting on the highway.
'However, instead of driving to the street he stopped the car and parked his car in between the dumpster and the back of the restaurant where there were no lights.
'The area was dark and deserted. I was alarmed and I immediately asked him what he was doing.'
Moore at that point said nothing and began to grope Beverly she claimed, a story she previously shared with her mother and then a man who is now her husband.
'Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts,' said Beverly
'I tried to open my car door to leave, but he reached over and locked it so I could not get out. I tried fighting him off, while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping he began squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch.
'I continued to struggle. I was determined that I was not allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was going to rape me. I was twisting and struggling and begging him to stop. I had tears running down my face.'
Fighting back: 'I was determined that I was not allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off,' said Beverly
Rise up: 'I was frightened by his position and his power. I am coming forward to let Mr. Moore know that he no longer has any power over me and I no longer live in fear of him,' said Beverly on Monday (above with Allred)
Beverly was able to get out of the car soon after, claiming Moore told her to keep quiet because no one would believe her if she did share her story.
'He said, "You're just a child." And he said, "I am the District Attorney of Etowah County. And if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you".'
Her boyfriend, who was initially supposed to pick her up but had been running late, pulled up to the restaurant soon after Beverly made her way out of the vehicle.
'I did not say anything to him as to what had occurred as he had a violent temper and I was afraid that he would do something that would get him into trouble. When I got home I went to my room,' explained Beverly.
'The following morning my neck was black and blue and purple. In the days following I covered the bruising on my neck with makeup. I did not tell anyone about what had happened. I was scared.'
She then added: 'I felt that if I told anyone Mr. Moore would do something to me or my family. I decided to keep what happened to myself.'
Her attorney Gloria Allred said at the top of the press conference that Beverly would be willing to testify under oath in front of the US Senate ahead of Moore possibly joining their ranks.
'We urge the United States Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a public hearing as soon as possible,' said Allred.
'Beverly is willing to voluntarily appear at such a hearing to testify under oath. She is willing to answer any questions that the Senators might ask her relevant to her allegations against Mr. Moore.'
Hocus pocus: Kayla then suggested that this was an attack on her husband over his views on transgender rights (Kayla's Facebook post of a smiling Allred)
Southern charm: Majority leader Mitch McConnell was blunt and to the point with his assessment even before the press conference on Monday, stating: 'I believe the women' (Moore's response to that statement above)
Northern exposure: Maine Senator Susan Collins also weighed in, and once again proved she had no issue bucking her party's trend (Collins' tweet above)
Which witch is which: 'Going on two months now they've been on a witchhunt here in Etowah County and our state advertising people to step forward with accusations,' said Moore's wife Kayla (above) on Monday
Moore responded to this latest accuser before Beverly even spoke a single word on Monday.
'Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is only around to create a spectacle,' said a statement earlier in the day from Moore campaign chair Bill Armistead.
'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.'
Also getting in on the attack was Moore's wife Kayla, who posted a statement of her own on Facebook.
'We knew something was coming, just did not know what next. This is the same Gloria Allred that did the very exact same thing to Trump during his campaign,' wrote Kayla.
'Going on two months now they've been on a witchhunt here in Etowah County and our state advertising people to step forward with accusations and we are gathering evidence of money being paid to people who would come forward. Which is part of why we are filing suit!'
Kayla then said: 'Washington establishment and Democrat Party will stop at nothing to stop our campaign.'
This latest accuser proved to be the most damaging yet however, and soon after her press conference Senator John Cornyn of Texas withdrew his support of Moore, calling the allegations 'damaging' and 'disqualifying' if in fact true.
Mitch McConnell (pictured) says if the allegations are true, Moore should withdraw from the race
This came after a devastating statement from the highest-ranking Republican in the Senate.
Majority leader Mitch McConnell was blunt and to the point with his assessment even before the press conference on Monday, stating: 'I believe the women.'
He went on to tell reporters that Moore should 'step aside,' which led to Moore responding with a vitriolic post on social media.
'The person who should step aside is Mitch McConnell. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced! #DrainTheSwamp,' said Moore.
Maine Senator Susan Collins also weighed in, and once again proved she had no issue bucking her party's trend.
'I have now read Mr. Moore's statement and listened to his radio interview in which he denies the charges,' she wrote on Twitter.
'I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama.'
It remains to be seen if Beverly will be called to testify, but she thanked those four women who came before her during her press conference on Monday, revealing that they gave her the greatest gift.
'I thought that I was Mr. Moore's only victim. I would probably have taken what Mr. Moore did to me to my grave, had it not been for the courage of four other women that were willing to speak out about their experiences with Mr. Moore,' explained Beverly while drying her eyes with a tissue.
'Their courage has inspired me to overcome my fear.'
'Mr. Moore attacked me when I was a child. I did nothing to deserve his sexual attack,' said Beverly.
'I was frightened by his position and his power. I am coming forward to let Mr. Moore know that he no longer has any power over me and I no longer live in fear of him.'Read more at dailymail.co.uk