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Trump Accuser Goes to Court for President's DNA

E. Jean Carroll says a match with her dress would prove her case
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 30, 2020 4:02 PM CST

(Newser) – Lawyers for a woman who accuses President Trump of raping her in the 1990s asked Thursday for a DNA sample, seeking to determine whether his genetic material is on a dress she says she was wearing at the time. Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll’s lawyers served notice to a Trump attorney for the president to submit a saliva sample by March 2 for "analysis and comparison against unidentified male DNA present on the dress," the AP reports. Carroll filed a defamation suit against Trump in November after the president denied her allegation that he sexually assaulted her in a New York department store. Her lawyer then had the black wool coat-style dress tested. A lab report with the legal notice says DNA found on the sleeves was a mix of at least four people, at least one of them male.

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Several other people were tested and eliminated as possible contributors to the mix, according to the lab report. Their names are redacted. The White House and Trump's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment Thursday. Trump lost an attempt to have a judge throw out Carroll's lawsuit earlier this month. That decision cleared the way for discovery and depositions to begin, per the New York Times. Carroll said she's only worn the dress once since the day she happened to run into Trump in the department store. The lab report said there was no indicator of semen on the dress. "Unidentified male DNA on the dress could prove that Donald Trump not only knows who I am," Carroll said in a statement, "but also that he violently assaulted me in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman and then defamed me by lying about it and impugning my character." (Read more E. Jean Carroll stories.)

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