The estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, who has been charged in his wife's disappearance, has maintained that he is innocent in his first sit-down interview since she vanished.
“I know what I’ve done. I know what I haven’t done,” Fotis Dulos told NBC New York Tuesday. “I have to stand and fight and hope that the truth is going to come out.”
Jennifer disappeared on May 24 not long after dropping off her kids at New Canaan Country School. Two of her friends reported her missing after she didn't show for appointments and wasn't heard from for about 10 hours.
Both Fotis Dulos, 51 and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. They can allegedly be seen on video disposing of garbage bags, some of which contained bloody clothing, in trash receptacles. Police also said they found blood spatter and evidence of cleanup attempts at Jennifer's New Canaan home, according to the arrest warrants. They have pleaded not guilty and have since made bond.
Dulos told NBC New York that he is aware that the public thinks he’s guilty but maintains that he is not. He acknowledged that in most cases of this nature, the spouse is the culprit. He even gave a number: “Ninety or 95 percent [of the time], it’s the spouse." However, he claims that he’s part of that “5 or 10 percent” who are innocent.
“I had my differences with Jennifer like many people do when they go through a marriage. It didn’t work out for us, but that doesn’t mean that I wish her ill in any way,” he said.
Jennifer filed for divorce from Fotis in 2017. The couple had been married for 13 years and have five children who range in age from 8 to 13. Jennifer moved out after finding out about the affair that her husband was having with Troconis, CNN reports.
In court filings for the divorce, she expressed fear of her husband.
“I am afraid of my husband,” she wrote in an affidavit tied to an order of custody filed in June 2017, according to the Stamford Advocate. “I know that filing for divorce and filing this motion will enrage him. I know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way.”
Fotis Dulos’ sister, Rena Dulos, who still lives in Greece said in a statement to Hartford's FOX61 on Monday that her brother "sincerely craves to see his children and be an integral part of their upbringing."
She added he wants "nothing more than to know that she [Jennifer] is well and could ultimately return to their children."
Fotis is currently not able to see his five kids, a situation he described as “terrible’ to WNBC. Earlier this week, his lawyers filed a motion to halt the divorce and custody proceedings. The children are currently staying with their maternal grandmother.
Fotis told WNBC he has thoughts as to what happened to Jennifer, but he wouldn't say more.
His lawyer Norm Pattis — the same lawyer defending controversial radio show host Alex Jones in his Sandy Hook defamation case — recently suggested to the New York Post that Jennifer may have staged her disappearance, claiming she once wrote a book manuscript with a similar plot to Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel “Gone Girl.” That novel, which was also turned into a movie, is about a writer who fakes her own death to frame her husband. Pattis admits he never read the supposed 500-page manuscript. but said “this is a person who has a pretty florid imagination and motives to use it to hurt Mr. Dulos.”
A spokesperson for Jennifer’s family and friends denounced the suggestion.
Fotis is scheduled to appear in court again Aug. 2.
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