Politician's 'Secret Daughter' Is ... Not Related to Him

Steve Cohen is not a dad

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 18, 2013 11:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – You probably didn't think the story of a congressman tweeting "I love you" to a 24-year-old who turned out to be his secret daughter could get any weirder. But you were wrong. It turns out Victoria Brink is not actually related to Democrat Steve Cohen, period. CNN had Brink take a DNA test, along with the man who raised her, John Brink. The results: There's a 0% chance Cohen is actually the aspiring model's father. John Brink is.

It turns out that Cohen didn't actually have any evidence that Brink was his daughter; he just found her online and assumed, based on the dates of her birth and his relationship with her mother, that she was. After the test, he released a statement saying, "I still love Victoria, hold dear the time I have shared with her, and hope to continue to be a part of her life." Asked if there was a lesson in all this, Victoria Brink laughs, "Maybe do a DNA test first?"

A screenshot from the CNN report.
A screenshot from the CNN report.   (CNN)
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