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Moore accuser says she added notes to his yearbook message

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Beverly Young Nelson shows a Roy Moore signature in her high school yearbook at a news conference in New York on Nov. 13. Richard Drew / AP Beverly Young Nelson shows a Roy Moore signature in her high school yearbook at a news conference in New York on Nov. 13. Richard Drew / AP
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A woman who accused Roy Moore of sexual assault now says that she added the date and location to the yearbook message that was trumpeted as proof that the two knew each other personally.

Beverly Young Nelson "added that to remind herself who Roy Moore was and when and where he signed her yearbook," her attorney, Gloria Allred, confirmed in a press conference Friday.

In an ABC News interview that aired hours earlier, Nelson was asked if she had made notes under Moore's signature on the yearbook page that she says Moore inscribed. She answered yes.

Nelson did not say in that interview specifically what she added. But the numerals of the date and the location are visible under what appears to be his signature on that page.

Nelson went public three weeks ago with the accusation that Moore, now the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama, groped and attempted to force a sexual act on her in 1977 when she was a 16-year-old waitress and he was in his early 30s. Prior to the alleged assault, she claimed, he was a regular customer at the restaurant where she worked in Etowah County, Alabama, and often flirted with her.

At the initial November 13 press conference where she first made the allegation, she held up her yearbook — which included a message that appeared to be written and signed by Moore, with the date and the name of the restaurant below — as corroboration of her account of her acquaintance with the then-assistant district attorney. She did not mention anything about adding notes then.

Immediately, the Moore campaign said the inscription was a forgery — Moore pointed out in an open letter that there were inconsistencies in the way the year was written in the message and the date below it. He also noted that he was a "deputy district attorney," not a "district attorney" in 1977, but the signature in Nelson's yearbook is followed by the letters "D.A."

Nelson is one of nine women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct. Moore has denied the allegations and said that the women are lying. He has also claimed the accusations are politically motivated.

Nelson maintained to ABC News that the message — “To a sweeter, more beautiful girl, I could not say Merry Christmas” — and the signature are Moore's, despite saying now that she added notes below his inscription.

Allred said during the news conference Friday that a handwriting expert, Arthur T. Anthony, confirmed that the signature in Nelson's yearbook matches Moore’s, based on other public documents.

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