An attorney for Roy Moore held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to address the “serious, serious allegations” against Moore.
Phillip L. Jauregui described the allegations as “incredibly painful” for Moore and those close to him.
“When the allegations are made and it’s not true,” he said “it’s also horrible” for whoever is being accused.
Moore’s attorney said that the campaign hired a handwriting expert to examine the yearbook note of Beverly Young Nelson, the fifth woman to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct.
In a press conference Monday, Nelson claimed Moore sexually assaulted her as a high school student. She said Moore signed her yearbook while he was District Attorney, citing it as evidence of Moore’s alleged interest in her.
The attorney defended his client, saying the handwriting in the alleged yearbook note is different from Moore’s.
“Was it written by somebody else?” he asked.
“We demand you immediately release the yearbook to a neutral custodian, so our expert can look at the actual document, release the yearbook so we can determine is it genuine or is it a fraud,” Jauregui said.
The yearbook message reads “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A. 12-22-77 Olde Hickory House.”
“Olde Hickory House” refers to the restaurant where Nelson worked in Gadsen, Alabama. At the time the note was supposedly written, Moore would have been 30, and Nelson would have been 16.
Thus far, many on Twitter think Moore’s signature matches the one in the yearbook, but they are not professionals. What do you think??
Here is a comparison of the handwriting in Young's yearbook to a signed Roy Moore biography. It matches. pic.twitter.com/GFTOKeNbT9
— Kyle Whitmire (@WarOnDumb) November 13, 2017
Roy Moore's attorney calls for release of yearbook allegedly signed by his client so a handwriting expert can examine it. pic.twitter.com/OUjW5LY11Y
— ABC News (@ABC) November 15, 2017