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One of Roy Moore’s Accusers Alters Her Story About Her Yearbook

One of the women accusing Roy Moore just did him a huge favor.

Beverly Young Nelson, the former Gadsden waitress who presented her high school yearbook she said was signed by Roy Moore, altered the story she originally told regarding the yearbook signature.

In an interview Friday with ABC’s Good Morning America, Nelson said she made some notes in the yearbook below where Moore signed it. Underneath Moore’s alleged signature is a date and location that Nelson said Moore signed the yearbook – “12-22-77″ and on the next line “Olde Hickory House,” the restaurant where Nelson worked and she said Moore was a frequent customer.

This doesn’t mean that the rest of Nelson’s story about being sexually assaulted is false, or that she “forged” the signature, as some outlets are reporting. But it does mean that her initial press conference misrepresented some of the information:

About a month later, I received my yearbook from Southside High School, where I had spent my freshman and sophomore years. I happened to bring my yearbook to work with me to the restaurant on December the 22, 1977. I put it down at the end of the counter. Mr. Moore happened to notice it and asked me if he could write in my yearbook, and I felt flattered. And I said “yes”. He wrote in my yearbook as follows: ‘To a sweeter, more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, Olde Hickory House. And it signed it, ‘Roy Moore DA.’”

Except… according to what she’s saying today, he didn’t write “Olde Hickory House.”

Looking back in retrospect, it did seem odd that Moore would write, “Christmas 1977″ above his signature and then write “12-22-1977″ underneath it, and switch from cursive to print writing in the same inscription.

Some will conclude that if part of her initial accusation was false, then the rest of it shouldn’t be trusted, either. Gloria Allred, Nelson’s attorney, has done more to hurt the public trust of the other women accusing Moore than anything his campaign could do.

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