ATLANTA (WPMI/Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Beverly Young Nelson, the former Gadsden, Alabama, waitress who presented her high school yearbook she said was signed by Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, is clarifying she wrote the date and the location under his signature.
The yearbook signature has been considered to be a key piece of evidence underlying Nelson's claims that Roy Moore sexually abused her when she was 16 years old and Moore was 32. The signature is accompanied by a date, December 22, 1977 and location, Olde Hickory House, a restaurant Nelson worked at as a teenager.
At her original news conference last month, Nelson said Moore had signed her yearbook and she never made references to any notes she had added later.
Moore's defenders have pointed to differences in the handwriting — specifically the "7"s — as indicators the yearbook entry was not authentic.
At a Friday news conference, Nelson's attorney, Gloria Allred, told reporters that a handwriting expert had examined Moore's signature and found it to be authentic.
Nelson maintains the rest of the writing was penned by Moore, who she says sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and he was in his early 30s.
Moore, supported by President Donald Trump, is facing a slew of sexual misconduct allegations, all of which he has repeatedly denied.
Moore's campaign responded Friday that Nelson's admission that she had added the date and location has cast doubt on her entire story.
Moore tweeted Friday afternoon, linking to a since-deleted Fox News tweet: "Boyfriend at the time says she lied. Employees of the restaurant say she lied. Customers of the restaurant say she lied. Her stepson says she lied. Now she herself admits to lying. Let’s count how many national outlets will ignore the fact that she admits to lying."
Gloria Allred attempted to explain the revisions to reporters on Friday, saying, "We did not ask the expert to examine the printing after the cursive writing and signature because Beverly indicates that she added that to remind herself of who Roy Moore was and where and when Mr. Moore signed her yearbook."