Senate Republican leader calls on Alabama candidate Moore to 'step aside'

Senate Republican leader calls on Alabama candidate Moore to 'step aside'

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted a 16-year-old when he was an adult - locking her inside his auto and forcing her head onto his crotch, the now-grown woman claimed Monday.

"Mr. Moore attacked me when I was a child", Nelson said in a tearful statement before cameras.

"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", he wrote in a statement. She described a harrowing chain of events that ended with Moore attempting to force her into a sex act in a parked auto - an episode that, she said, left her with severe bruising on her neck.

Republicans orchestrating their response to the allegations is not improper and certainly not the same thing as colluding with Democrats and the media to publish a false report. I tried fighting him off, I yelled at him to stop, but instead of stopping, he began grasping my neck, attempting to force my head onto his crotch. "I thought that he was going to rape me". "He has failed conservatives and must be replaced", Moore said.

"Mr. Moore began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts".

"I was shocked that [the Washington Post] would come up with something so outrageous", said Kayla Moore in an interview with alt-right site Breitbart News. "We've said this before and we'll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone".

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"The minute, within an hour, this came out, numerous McConnell allies came out and said, 'He's got to go.' Sounds like Mitch McConnell has decided it's worse if Roy Moore wins".

She continued: "He finally allowed me to open the auto door and I either fell out or he pushed me out". But Moore could well ignore it since he has routinely ridiculed McConnell's performance as the Senate Republican leader and rebuffed calls from other prominent Republicans to drop out of the race.

He declined to say if that someone would be Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat earlier this year but lost the GOP primary to Moore. "I believe the women, yes", he said. The Republican Senate campaign arm on Friday severed its fund-raising relationship with him for the special election to fill a seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became USA attorney general earlier this year.

Four surveys of voters taken in Alabama, a southern state, in the immediate aftermath of the newspaper story and Moore's adamant rejection of it show him to be in a close race with Jones, separated by a few percentage points, with a significant share of undecided voters.

Roy Moore blamed the Democratic party for the allegations and has threatened to sue the Washington Post.

Even if Moore were to step aside, his name would likely remain on the ballot.

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