News Trump doubles down on Central Park 5 after vindication: 'They admitted their guilt' President Donald Trump on Tuesday refused to apologize for smearing the five men wrongfully convicted of attacking and raping a jogger in Central Park in 1989. President Donald Trump refused Tuesday to apologize for smearing the now-vindicated Central Park Five. Trump, in the 1980s, paid for newspaper ads calling for the execution of the five innocent men. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Alex Wong By Li Yakira Cohen Li.Cohen@amny.com Updated June 18, 2019 7:51 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Seventeen years after DNA evidence concluded that the Central Park Five were not responsible for the brutal beating and rape of Trisha Meili in 1989, President Donald Trump told reporters he is not sure of their innocence. “They admitted their guilt,” Trump said outside of the White House on Tuesday in response to a question from CNN’s April Ryan. “If you look at Linda Fairstein and if you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should have never of settled that case. So we’ll leave it at that.” Trump’s disbelief that Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, and Korey Wise are innocent is not new. Within a few days of the then teenagers’ arrests, Trump purchased full-page ads in several newspapers calling on the state to “bring back the death penalty and bring back our police!” Trump's Central Park Five ad in Newsday (PDF) Trump's Central Park Five ad in Newsday (Text) “I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes,” he said in the ad. “.. I am not looking to psychoanalyze or understand them. I am looking to punish them.” The exonerated men in the case claim that Trump has yet to apologize for his ad and his continuous accusations claiming they are guilty. While campaigning for the presidency in 2016, he told CNN’s Miguel Marquez that the accused “admitted they were guilty” — despite investigations showing they were coerced to do so. “The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty,” he said in the statement. “The fact that the case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same.” By Li Yakira Cohen Li.Cohen@amny.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic What to know before watching the Central Park 5 seriesPresident Donald Trump has doubled down on his assertion that the Central Park Five were guilty, despite that they were exonerated by DNA evidence in 2002. A look at where the Central Park 5 are nowThe Netflix series "When They See Us," tells the stories of the five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of attacking and raping a jogger in Central Park in 1989. Central Park 5 lead prosecutor won't return to Columbia Law SchoolElizabeth Lederer, the lead prosecutor in the 1989 Central Park Jogger case, drew criticism from students at Columbia following Netflix's release of "When They See Us." Korey Wise took Jharrel Jerome through his HarlemJharrel Jerome portrays Korey Wise in the Netflix series "When They See Us," about the Central Park Five. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.