A fourth woman has accused Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault as Republicans have increased calls for him to “step aside”.
Beverly Young Nelson said she was 16 years old when Moore allegedly tried to force himself on her after offering a ride home from her job as a waitress, BBC reported on Monday.
“I tried fight him off while yelling at him to stop,” she said, adding that he locked his car to prevent her escape.
Moore, 70, denies the allegations, describing them as a “witch hunt”.
However, US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said earlier on Monday that he believed the women accusing Moore of inappropriate behaviour.
Nelson’s accusation comes after three other women detailed allegations of sexual assault by the conservative firebrand while they were teenagers in Alabama.
The 56-year-old said she met Moore at the Olde Hickory House restaurant in Gadsen, Alabama, where she worked as a waitress while she was a teenager.
She claimed Moore, a 30-year-old District Attorney at the time, offered to sign her high school yearbook and wrote: “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, DA 12-22-77 Olde Hickory House.”