July 26, 2014
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - The woman whose estranged husband is
demanding $1.5 million for the kidney he gave her during happier
times denies accusations that she was unfaithful.
An attorney for Dawnell Batista calls Dr. Richard Batista's
claim "absurd and ridiculous."
The doctor made the allegations last week when he went public
with his kidney compensation demand. He was sued for divorce in
2005 and says he has been denied visits with his three children.
Dawnell Batista denies his claim that she began an affair with a
physical therapist about a year after receiving the transplanted
kidney in 2001.
The couple appeared in matrimonial court Tuesday. The trial is
tentatively set for early March.
Several legal experts doubt the doctor will get money for his
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)