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Beverly Nelson: ‘Oh, By The Way’

This is pretty terrible for the anti-Roy Moore camp:

One of the women who accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of making advances on her when she was a teen and he a local prosecutor admitted Friday to forging part of the yearbook inscription she offered as proof.

Beverly Young Nelson told ABC News she wrote part of the disputed note in her high school yearbook that she and famed attorney Gloria Allred presented as proof the then-30-something Moore sought an inappropriate relationship with her in the late 1970s. Nelson still insisted that Moore wrote most of the message and signed the inscription, but said she made “notes” to it.

“He did sign it,” Nelson told ABC’s Tom Llamas.

This doesn’t mean that the rest of the writing, and the signature, isn’t Roy Moore’s. In fact, I suspect that they are. But this admission impeaches Nelson as a witness, both legally and politically. By no means does this make Roy Moore acceptable as a candidate — he’s still a creep who trolled for teenage girls, to say nothing about his politics — but this is a catastrophe for Beverly Nelson and her attorney, Gloria Allred. How on earth did she not lawyer this before she went public?

UPDATE: I, for one, would like to congratulate Judge Roy Moore, the next Senator from Alabama, and attorney Gloria Allred, who did so much to put him over the top. I cannot believe the stupidity of that move.

UPDATE.2: I was away from the keys most of this afternoon, and I agree with you all that I shouldn’t have chosen the Fox News version of this story. I understood from the beginning that she only admitted to having added the date and the place where he supposedly signed the yearbook. I read several versions of the story this morning, but used the last one I saw, the Fox version, with the incorrect word “forged.” That was an error on my part. For the record, I believe that the signature is Roy Moore’s, and so is the inscription above it. I believe that Nelson is telling the truth now. But as a political matter, the fact that neither she nor Allred disclosed this when they first made their allegations discredits Nelson. I don’t see how this is even disputable. Think about the politics of this, people.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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