Watch: Body camera video refutes rape claim against Texas state trooper
By Associated Press
Sherita Dixon-Cole is seen during a traffic stop in Ellis County, Texas, on May 20, 2018, in an image capture from body camera footage released by the Texas Department of Public Safety. TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
WAXAHACHIE, Texas (AP) — The lawyer for a woman who accused a Texas trooper of sexual assault during a traffic stop has apologized after the release of body camera video that appears to contradict her claims.
Lee Merritt said in a statement Wednesday that he is "sorry for any trouble these claims may have caused."
The Texas Department of Public Safety released the video late Tuesday.
The nearly two-hour video shows the unidentified trooper questioning the 37-year-old woman early Sunday, arresting her on a DWI charge and processing her at the Ellis County jail, south of Dallas.
Merritt initially claimed the trooper offered to let his client go in exchange for sexual favors. He also said the trooper groped her.
DPS Lt. Lonny Haschel described the claims as "despicable."