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“When I spoke to Van a short while ago, I said, like, ‘Do you even know this person,’ and he has never heard the name at any stage in the past? He doesn’t know who this person is.”

Mr. Morrison’s statement added: “For the avoidance of all doubt and in the interests of clarity, I am very happily married to Michelle Morrison with whom I have two wonderful children.”

Mr. Morrison’s Web site had a message on its front page Thursday saying only: “New website coming soon.”