Trump Suing Bill Maher Over Orangutan Bet

The Donald says he did in fact prove he's not the son of an orangutan

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 4, 2013 8:57 AM CST | Updated Feb 4, 2013 10:48 AM CST

(Newser) – Well, that'll teach Bill Maher to make a mock bet with Donald Trump: On the Tonight Show last month, Maher told Jay Leno he would donate $5 million to the charity of Trump's choice if the business mogul provided a birth certificate showing he's not the "spawn of his mother having sex with orangutan." Trump did just that, he said today on Fox & Friends. But Maher "didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity."

Maher's bet was, of course, a mocking reference to Trump's offer of $5 million to a charity of President Obama's choice if the president released his college records. But Trump (whose lawyer released a letter along with Trump's birth certificate stating that it proves "he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan," according to Politico) doesn't think Maher was joking: "He said it with venom. ... In fact, he was nervous when he said it."

In this Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, Donald Trump arrives for the opening ceremony at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
In this Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, Donald Trump arrives for the opening ceremony at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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