- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2013

Business mogul Donald Trump has taken seriously a quip made by comedian Bill Maher last month on NBC News and filed a lawsuit for $5 million.

In an NBC “Tonight Show” appearance in January, Mr. Maher said he would give $5 million to a charity of Mr. Trump’s choice if the businessman released a birth certificate proving he wasn’t the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan,” Politico recounted, explaining that the statements was a thinly veiled mocking of the Obama birth certificate controversy.

Mr. Trump subsequently released a copy of his birth document, proving he wasn’t spawned by an orangutan, but rather by his father, Fred Trump.

“He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information,” Mr. Trump said on Monday’s Fox and Friends morning show. “Well, I provided that information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity.”

Mr. Trump, in the Politico report, said he did not think Mr. Maher had been joking.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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