Waitress, Customers Call Roy Moore A Regular at Ole Hickory House


(CNN) Joan does not want her last name used because she has some fear about talking on camera. She says she was 17 years old when she initially met Roy Moore 40 years ago. She says she first saw Moore at the Ole Hickory House Restaurant.

The restaurant is now gone, replaced by an urgent care center. But it’s the restaurant Beverly Young Nelson says she worked at in 1977 when she was 16 years old. She says she was sexually assaulted by Moore in a car behind the restaurant. At a press briefing last week, one of Judge Moore’s spokespeople implied that his candidate did not patronize Ole Hickory. “Two former waitresses and two former patrons state that they never saw Judge Moore in that restaurant,” said Stan Cook, Moore Spokesperson.

Rhonda Ledbetter, who says she was a waitress there told CNN affiliate WHNT, “I never once saw Roy Moore come into the restaurant.”

“That’s false,” says Joan, “I saw him in there four and five times a week.” When further questioned, she said Moore was a regular.

Joan says she doesn’t know Rhonda Ledbetter or Beverly Young Nelson, but used to work across the street from the restaurant.  She says she came to the Ole Hickory House several times a week for at least a year starting in 1977 to pick up her sister who worked there.

Another woman who says she worked at the restaurant says she’s is so fearful of being shunned or verbally attacked that she doesn’t want her face on camera. She says she was a waitress there when she was 17 years old. She also calls Moore a regular customer. She says he was at the restaurant 3 or 4 times a week, “Yes. Yes, he was. I had tips from him. He tipped me. I waited on him at the counter.”

Both women say they voted for Donald Trump. Both say they can’t be positive that the sexual abuse allegations against Moore are all true. But both are deeply troubled about how he and his campaign have handled these allegations. “I don’t want him to tell lies and then be elected senator. Once he gets to be senator, he’ll just tell more,” says Joan.

At a campaign event Monday, Roy Moore said the sexual allegations he faces are “completely false” and “malicious.” He said he doesn’t know any of the women levying them.

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