An Elle magazine advice columnist who is suing Donald Trump for defamation for denying he raped her approximately 24 years ago wants the U.S. president to provide a DNA sample to see if he came into contact with the dress she said she wore.
It asks that Trump be required to submit to a physical examination on March 2, perhaps in Washington, to obtain a sample from his cheek, blood or skin cells for DNA analysis and comparison against "unidentified male DNA" on the dress that it said Carroll wore.
Carroll wrote that she had taken so long to reveal the story because "receiving death threats, being driven from my home, being dismissed, being dragged through the mud, and joining the 15 women who've come forward with credible stories about how the man grabbed, badgered, belittled, mauled, molested, and assaulted them, only to see the man turn it around, deny, threaten, and attack them, never sounded like much fun".
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While the notice is a demand, such demands often spur court fights requiring a judge to weigh in on whether they will be enforced.
Carroll sued Trump in November, saying he smeared her and hurt her career as a longtime Elle journal advice columnist by calling her a liar.
"Unidentified male DNA on the costume might present that Donald Trump not exclusively is conscious of who I'm, however moreover that he violently assaulted me in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman after which defamed me by lying about it and impugning my character", Carroll talked about in a press launch Thursday. Carroll also seeks a retraction and unspecified damages from Trump after his previous refusal.
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"In outcome, we've requested a easy saliva pattern from Mr. Trump to check his DNA, and there actually isn't any legitimate foundation for him to object", she mentioned. "We've requested a simple saliva sample from Mr. Trump to test his DNA, and there really is no valid basis for him to object", Kaplan said. A judge rejected that argument and Carroll's case is set to proceed in Manhattan.
Trump's lawyers may nonetheless ask the NY state judge overseeing the defamation case not to require a sample.
The Related Press usually doesn't title folks who say they've been sexually assaulted, except they arrive ahead publicly.
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In response, Carroll sued Trump for defamation in November 2019.
Former president Bill Clinton took a similar test during an investigation into whether he had sex with former intern Monica Lewinsky. Trump has denied knowing Carroll and the alleged encounter.
Clinton was impeached by the House in December 1998 and later acquitted by the Senate, in part for lying under oath about the Lewinsky relationship.
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