To augment Nelson's story, she also shared a copy of her yearbook from that year, which Moore had signed just weeks before the alleged attack.
"I want to make it clear to the media present and the people present I have not provided alcoholic beverages - beer or anything else to minors", Moore said, responding to charges that he bought under-age women alcoholic drinks. Moore was the district attorney of Etowah County, Alabama, at the time and Nelson said she trusted him and saw him as an important local figure.
Moore said a lawsuit will be filed over the Post report that detailed the allegations against him. But instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my head onto his crotch.
"A reporter said to me: 'What do you think of these online reports that say you had a love child in college?' Well, it wasn't true".
"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. I tried fighting him off while yelling at him to stop.
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"I stand with the Majority Leader on this", Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch tweeted on Monday.
McConnell told reporters in his home state of Kentucky that party officials were considering whether a Republican write-in candidate could be found to challenge Moore in the December 12 special election.
Other national Republicans also have backed away from Moore. In September, Moore defeated Luther Strange, the Republican senator who had been appointed to fill Sessions' seat, in a Republican primary.
Moore's denied the previous claims, and threatened to sue the Post.
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.
In the past few months, President Trump has had a tumultuous relationship with Sessions, due in no small part to his frustration with the attorney general's recusal from the investigations into Russia's 2016 election interference. "It's his responsibility to step forward and say more and do more when it comes to the situation in Alabama", Durbin, D-Ill., said on CNN's "State of the Union".
Even if Moore were to step aside, his name would likely remain on the ballot.