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Roy Moore’s campaign pushes back at accuser

Attorney for former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, Phillip L. Jauregui, speaks at a press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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A lawyer for Roy Moore’s campaign, Phillip Jauregui, suggested that Beverly Young Nelson had lied when she said she had no contact with Moore after the alleged assault.

GADSDEN, Ala. — The campaign of Roy S. Moore, the embattled Republican Senate nominee in Alabama, on Wednesday sharply questioned the credibility of a woman who accused Moore of assaulting her in 1977.

At a news conference outside the Hoover, Alabama, headquarters of the state Republican Party, a lawyer for Moore’s campaign, Phillip L. Jauregui, suggested that Beverly Young Nelson had lied when she said she had no contact with Moore after the alleged assault.

He also suggested that a purported message from Moore to Nelson in a yearbook may have been a forgery, and he demanded that Nelson and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, allow the yearbook to be studied.

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“Release the yearbook,” he said.

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The news conference, the latest twist in an increasingly bizarre contest, played out just as a state party committee was scheduled to meet to determine whether Moore would remain the Republican nominee in next month’s special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

On Monday, Nelson became the fifth woman to allege sexual advances or misconduct from Moore when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

“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,” Nelson said at a news conference in New York on Monday. She said the assault happened after she finished an evening of work at a restaurant at the northeast Alabama restaurant where she was a server.