NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is happy to provide a DNA sample to compare with the stain on a woman’s dress. who accused him His lawyer said on Friday that rape is possible only under certain conditions.
Attorney Joseph Tacopina wrote in a letter to a Manhattan federal judge that Trump would surrender the sample as long as the attorney for accuser and columnist E. Gene Carroll first provided the missing pages of the DNA report on the dress. Stated.
Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, called it a dishonest effort to delay April’s trial and bias potential jurors.
She filed a letter with the judge, saying Trump’s sudden provision of DNA after three years of refusal to provide it was a “legally frivolous delay tactic.”
“It’s time for him to face a jury,” Kaplan wrote, noting that the time period during which new facts could be revealed for the trial had expired in October.
Trump and Carroll are listed as attorneys’ first witnesses in the trial, which is set to begin on April 24, according to a court filing Thursday.
Carroll, 79, sued Trump for defamation and rape, saying Trump turned a friendly encounter at an upscale Manhattan department store into a violent rape in late 1995 or early 1996.
She didn’t talk about it publicly until 2019, when she released her book: “What Do We Need for Men?”
Trump claimed meeting never happenhis attorneys said the same in his recent court filings, including during a deposition in October.
Tacopina said Carroll and her attorney are trying to get a publicity advantage by claiming that Trump’s DNA was in the dress she wore the night she said she was raped.
“Mr. Trump’s DNA is either in the dress or not,” he said.
Tacopina said Carol’s attorneys produced dozens of pages of DNA reports obtained by Carol’s attorneys because they knew his DNA was not on the dress because no sexual assault charges were filed. refused to
But Kaplan said Carroll decided to go to trial without a protracted battle over DNA evidence after Trump repeatedly refused to provide samples.
“There is no DNA evidence in this case and it will not be brought to court,” Kaplan wrote.
Her client instead “gathered compelling evidence that Trump sexually assaulted her” without a sample, Kaplan said.
Lawyers said an expert report showed that unidentified male DNA was present in the dress Carroll wore when she met Trump, but that was not the case in an isolated sample of male DNA. It’s a mixture of DNA that requires complex analysis, she said.The judge allowed the issue to be reopened before trial.