Jewish Lawmaker 'Stunned' To Find Out Bikini Model Isn't Love Child After All

Steve Cohen Tweeted at Victoria Brink During Obama Speech

It Wasn’t Him: Bikini model Victoria Brink thought she was the love child of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and the congressman Tweeted her during the State of the Union address. DNA says otherwise.
It Wasn’t Him: Bikini model Victoria Brink thought she was the love child of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and the congressman Tweeted her during the State of the Union address. DNA says otherwise.

By Reuters

Published July 18, 2013.
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Tennessee U.S. Representative Steve Cohen said on Thursday he was “stunned and dismayed” that a DNA test showed he was not the father of a woman he considered his daughter for years.

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Cohen, a Memphis Democrat, and Victoria Brink believed they were father and daughter for the last 3 1/2 years, according to the statement from Cohen.

But CNN reported on Thursday that it had obtained DNA from Victoria Brink, Cohen and John Brink, the man who raised her, and tests confirmed John Brink was her father.

“The results showed that Cohen was not Victoria Brink’s father,” the network said.

Cohen, 64, who was elected in 2006, had said the woman was his daughter after reporters noticed his post on Twitter to “beautiful girl” on the night of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

CNN said Victoria Brink was 23 years old at the time of the tweet in February.

“I was stunned and dismayed when DNA tests disproved what Victoria and I believed about our relationship,” Cohen said in a statement on Thursday. “I still love Victoria, hold dear the time I have shared with her, and hope to continue to be a part of her life,” he said.

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Cohen, who is single, said he had a relationship with Victoria Brink’s mother nine months before her birth and thought he was the woman’s father.

Cohen’s penchant for tweeting also made headlines in April when he posted that Cyndi Lauper was “hot” during a function at the White House.

He later said he wrote the tweet and then deleted it on purpose as a sort of a joke on the press.

Brink Tweeted yesterday to alert friends that CNN planned to reveal “something BIG that impacted my life and family!”


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