Paraguay Woman Says Lugo Raped Her in '01

A woman who claims that Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo is the father of her son on Tuesday accused the former Roman Catholic bishop of raping her in their first sexual encounter.

Lugo declined to address the allegation against him in detail, but said in a news conference that it is all "part of the second chapter of the novel, I am waiting for the third."

"The matter is in the courts and you should talk to my attorney," he said.

Marcos Farina, the president's lawyer, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Benigna Leguizamon told Magnificat radio in Ciudad del Este the alleged incident took place in 2001 when she was a 17-year-old cleaning woman for the diocese of San Pedro, headed at the time by Lugo.

She said Lugo's driver "took me to Fernando, who was waiting for me in his room. When I entered, they locked the door with me inside. It was there that he began to accost me."

"I resisted and tried to call for help, but there was loud music and nobody else was around," Leguizamon said. "He forced me to do it. To be honest, he raped me."

Leguizamon, who could not be reached Tuesday, launched a paternity claim in April saying her son, born in September 2002, is the product of a relationship with Lugo.

Last week, Farina told Catholic radio Caritas that Lugo would not appear in court in Ciudad del Este court for possible DNA testing. "In any case, they can come to the presidential residence in Asuncion for the analysis," Farina said.

Lugo has already acknowledged fathering a son with another former parishioner. A third woman says they had a child together, but is not pressing a paternity claim.

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