Actor Raul Julia's Son Tells His Story
Reveals Truth about Exhumation Request for His Father
(BI) Susanna Daniel
Los Angeles, CA -- Raul Julia-Levy, the first-born son on the late actor Raul Julia, wants his side of the story told.
The late actor’s widow Merel Poloway sullied Julia-Levy’s name in The New York Times. Facts have been misconstrued in an interview with CBS’s The Insider. All Julia-Levy wants is to set the record straight regarding the now public paternity battle with Poloway and the exhumation of his father’s body.
“The only way to prove Raul Julia-Levy’s paternity is to exhume Raul Julia’s body,” stated prominent criminal and family attorney John DeHart.
On the March 31 airing of CBS's The Insider, DeHart and Julia-Levy asserted their case regarding the paternity battle between Julia-Levy and Poloway.
Poloway stated on The Insider, “I have made every attempt to resolve this situation reasonably and still hope to do so.” However, no evidence exists to prove her statement.
Julia-Levy stated in a private interview, “There are no records indicating that she tried to resolve this issue with me. It is only within the last month that she has contacted my attorneys through her lawyers. The question needs to be asked: why is she doing this 11 years after my father’s death?”
For the past nine years, Poloway, the widow of late actor Raul Julia who is famous for his role as Gomez in “The Addams Family,” has questioned the paternity of Julia-Levy. She claims that he is not the late actor’s first son and she has demanded a paternity test.
Although Poloway has publicly admitted to knowing of Julia-Levy as early as 1996, she now claims that she has tissue samples of the late actor to be used for a paternity test. The underlying question is: after all these years of demanding that Julia-Levy take a paternity test, why does she now have samples?
“I have documents that show that I have always complied with her requests of taking a paternity test,” said Julia-Levy. “However, when I would make the appointment, she would disappear for years,” Julia-Levy explained. “My last appointment was on September 15, 2005 and now six months later I hear from her again. This is another Poloway production.”
According to DNA technicians and scientists, a reputable and legal paternity test follows specific protocols called a chain of custody. The samples have to be carefully collected by a neutral third party, under the strictest supervision. In Julia-Levy’s case, this entails the exhumation of his father’s body.
Julia-Levy said, “According to the DNA Diagnostic Center, they have found usable samples on bodies that have been buried for 17 years. I would like to see her put her money where he mouth is because I am really tired of this. I am not going to stop this time until she complies with her own demands.”
Against his own beliefs, Julia-Levy said, “I want the body to be exhumed and we are willing to ask the Congress of Puerto Rico to grant the exhumation of my father’s body.”
DeHart stated, “Poloway has known of my client since 1996. Through the years, she never made any attempts to meet with me or my client to address this matter privately. Instead she circumvents the traditional and legal avenues to resolve the situation.”
The DNA Diagnostic Center, the world leaders in DNA science, have informed the Julia-Levy camp that the sample Poloway claims to house is not a viable option for a paternity test.
“Due to the extended time period of storage (over 13 years) the DNA contained in this sample would certainly be diminished, if present at all,” stated the Center in a letter to Julia-Levy.
The Center added, “Given the storage condition and the age of the said sample, it is highly unlikely to obtain sufficient, non-degraded, and viable DNA for subsequent paternity testing.”
Experts even expressed to Julia-Levy that given all the circumstances he can even question the paternity of his half brothers, the two sons Poloway claims to have had with the late actor. Julia-Levy has been advised to avoid taking a Y-chromosome test because it is not a legal paternity test and it is inconclusive, meaning that it will not be admissible for legal purposes.
DeHart has found that 99 percent of legal paternity tests cannot be carried out unless the laboratory performing the test has received a sample from the mother, the child and the alleged father.
Julia-Levy is not seeking financial reward. “I only want declaratory relief and to go on with my acting career,” said Julia-Levy, who will begin a couple movies in late July.