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Roy Moore Accuser Says She Added Date and Location to Yearbook Note

Beverly Young Nelson, one of the women to have levied sexual misconduct allegations against Roy Moore, said she added the date and location below a now-infamous yearbook inscription she has attributed to the Alabama Senate candidate.

Nelson and her attorney, Gloria Allred, have offered the yearbook note as proof Moore sought an inappropriate relationship with her when Nelson was 16 and Moore was in his mid-30s.

Allred retained Georgia-based handwriting expert Arthur Anthony to assess the yearbook signature and cross-examine it with copies and originals of Moore’s signature on other documents. Anthony concluded that the signature is indeed Moore’s, Allred said at a news conference Friday afternoon in Atlanta, where she handed out Anthony’s report.

Nelson told ABC News on Friday that she later added the date (“12-22-77”) and location (“Olde Hickory House”) beneath Moore’s message and signature. But she insisted that Moore, who later became the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, penned the note and his name.

The note and Moore’s name are written in a slanted cursive. The date and location are not.

“Beverly, he did sign your yearbook?” ABC’s Tom Llamas asked during the interview aired Friday.

“He did sign it,” she replied.

“And you made some notes underneath?” Llamas asked.

“Yes,” she answered.

Nelson did not indicate when she annotated the yearbook inscription.

At the Nov. 13 news conference in New York where she initially aired her allegations, Nelson did not mention that she added anything to the note she said was Moore’s.

Defenders of Moore have questioned the authenticity of the note, and Nelson’s statements Friday appear to have given them ammunition.

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, rejoiced on Twitter as news of Nelson’s comments broke, linking to an article from the right-wing conspiracy website Gateway Pundit.

Moore pounced on the comments to discredit Nelson’s accusations against him, retweeting a Fox News headline saying Nelson “admits she forged” part of the yearbook note.

“Let’s count how many national outlets will ignore the fact that she admits to lying,” Moore wrote above the tweet.

Fox later changed the headline on its website to “Roy Moore accuser admits she wrote part of yearbook inscription attributed to Alabama Senate candidate” and deleted the tweet.

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The recent wrinkle in Nelson’s account came four days before Moore squares off against Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former seat, which is currently filled by appointed Sen. Luther Strange.

 

Source: Roll Call

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