Rep. Steve Cohen's 'Secret Daughter' Not His

Cohen says he will continue his relationship with woman he once believed to be his daughter.

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee member Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. gestures as he speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2013.

CNN paternity test has determined that Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. is not the father of the young women he believed to be his daughter for the last three years.

Cohen, Victoria Brink, who he believed was his daughter, and John Brink, the actual father, all participated in a paternity test to reveal who was the biological dad.

The paternity test revealed that John Brink, the man who believed he had been Victoria's father all along and had raised her, is actually the father.

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"The results show Steve Cohen is not my father," Victoria Brink told CNN.

Cohen did not appear on the CNN show to speak publicly with Brink Thursday, but said in a public statement that he was "stunned" by the news, and he plans to continue to have a relationship with Brink, who is attending college in Texas.

"I still love Victoria, hold dear the time I have shared with her, and hope to continue to be a part of her life," Cohen said in a released statement. "It's been a roller coaster ride these last three and a half years, from which I have learned something about parenting and some more about love, life and heartache."

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In a strange turn of events, the congressman tweeted publicly "I love you" at Brink, an aspiring model during the State of the Union this February raising questions about his relationship with the young woman. Cohen, 64, then told reporters in February that he had fathered Victoria Brink, 24, out of wedlock, but hadn't learned he had a daughter until 2010.

Cohen had come to believe he had a daughter after he did a Google search for the girls mother and saw pictures of Victoria.

"I Googled her mother, found out she had a child and the math looked pretty accurate," Cohen told a Tennessee CBS station. "She told me we had a lot of catching up to do."

 

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