The pressure is mounting on Roy Moore as another woman has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against the GOP Senate candidate for Alabama, accusing him of grabbing her when she was a minor.
During a press conference on Monday with attorney Gloria Allred, Beverly Young Nelson said she was sexually assaulted by Moore when she was around 15 and 16 years old.
The Hill reports that Nelson said Moore sexually assaulted her one night after work. Moore had offered to give her a ride home after her shift at a local diner had ended, upon noticing that her boyfriend was running late to pick her up, according to Nelson's account.
But instead of driving her home, Nelson said he parked the car at the back of the restaurant where “there were no lights,” and began “groping her.”
“I was alarmed and I immediately asked him what he was doing. Instead of answering my questions, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me," she said, adding that Moore reached over and locked the car door while she yelled at him to stop and continued to try to fight him off.
Moore then grabbed her neck and pushed her head toward his “crotch,” Nelson recalled.
“I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I also thought he was trying to rape me. I had tears running down my face,” she said.
Nelson said Moore eventually gave up and threatened her that no one would believe her story.
“You’re just a child and I am the district attorney at Etowah County. And if you ever told anyone about this, they will never believe you,” Nelson says Moore said before she escaped from the car.
Nelson said she feared Moore would retaliate if she spoke out about the attack, so she kept quiet for years before confiding in her sister, mother and future husband.
“I thought he would do something to me or my family so I decided to keep what happened to myself,” she said.
And following Senate Majoriy leader McConnell's calls for him to step aside, The Hill reports that Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who leads the Senate GOP campaign arm, is calling on the Senate to expel embattled Alabama GOP nominee Roy Moore if Moore wins December's special election, the first GOP senator to publicly raise the specter of expulsion.
"I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office," Gardner said
"If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate."
Under the Senate rules, a vote of two-thirds of the body can expel a Senator.
That would be historic – the Senate hasn't expelled a member since 1862.