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TRIO'S ACCUSER WAITED MONTHS TO SIGN STATEMENT

The woman who's accusing three New York Mets of raping her in the house where Dwight Gooden spent last spring called police within a week of the incident but refused for months to sign a statement, according to a published report.

Newsday, quoting sources close to the investigation, reported Sunday that when the woman finally decided to press charges - following months of conversations with Port St. Lucie, Fla., police - she signed a statement that ran more than 10 pages. The paper also said the woman produced for police a semen-stained dress she said she wore on the night of the alleged attack.The players were identified in Saturday's editions of the Miami Herald as Gooden, Vince Coleman and Daryl Boston. St. Lucie police said Friday that the alleged incident took place at a house that was rented to Gooden last spring for six weeks.

The woman, identified in published reports as a 31-year-old who works as an architect and interior designer, signed the statement on March 3. In it, she alleges that three Mets raped her between 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on March 30, 1991.

Police said the woman is a seasonal visitor to Port St. Lucie, a coastal city about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach.

The newspaper reported that the woman is expected to be asked to identify her alleged attackers out of a photo lineup within the next week.