E. Jean Carroll, the writer who’s claimed President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990s, asked on Thursday for a DNA sample from the president to compare to the genetic material she says is on a dress she wore at the time of the alleged assault.
Trump has consistently denied these allegations, which last year triggered a defamation suit from Carroll.
“After Trump sexually assaulted me, I took the black dress I had been wearing and hung it in my closet,” Carroll said in a statement Thursday.
“I only wore it once since then and that was at the photoshoot for the New York Magazine article about my book,” Carroll said. “Unidentified male DNA on the dress could prove that Donald Trump not only knows who I am, 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.”
Carroll requested a saliva sample from Trump.
“This case turns on whether Donald Trump lied when he said that he had not sexually assaulted E Jean Carroll and, in fact, had never even met her. Testing unidentified male DNA on the dress she wore during that assault has become standard operating procedure in these circumstances given the remarkable advances in DNA technology, particularly where, as is the case here, other potential contributors have been excluded,” Roberta Kaplan, Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, and counsel for E. Jean Carroll, said in a statement.
“As a result, 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.
The request came in a letter to the president’s attorney, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
Carroll’s accusations became public in June 2019 when New York Magazine published an excerpt from her book, “What Do We Need Men For,” in which she accused Trump of assault.
Following the claims, Trump not only said he didn’t assault Carroll, but that he’d never met her.
“She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section. Shame on those who make up false stories of assault to try to get publicity for themselves, or sell a book, or carry out a political agenda,” he said.
In a later interview, Trump vehemently denied the accusations saying, “I’ll say it with great respect: No. 1, she’s not my type. No. 2, it never happened. It never happened, OK?”
Carroll subsequently sued Trump for defamation. Her lawsuit claimed that Trump’s words caused “emotional pain and suffering” and “professional harm.”
On Jan. 9, a New York judge denied Trump’s bid to throw out Carroll’s lawsuit against him, according to the New York Times.
ABC News’ Alexandra Svokos and Kaitlyn Folmer contributed to this report.