DNA tests prove congressman’s ‘secret’ model daughter is NOT related to him – three years after he found out about her
- Congressman Steve Cohen, a married Democrat, tweeted a message to 24-year-old model Victoria Brink in February that raised questions about the nature of their relationship
- He called her a ‘beautiful girl’ and said he loved her in the tweet
- Cohen at first said she was a family friend and later admitted that she was his daughter with a former flame, whom he had found out about three years earlier
Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee says he’s ‘stunned and dismayed’ to learn that DNA tests revealed he is not the father of a woman he thought was his daughter.
Cohen issued a statement Thursday after CNN reported that DNA tests showed Victoria Brink isn’t his daughter.
Cohen revealed that he was Brink’s father in February, after Twitter messages he sent to the 24-year-old Texas model raised questions about their relationship. He said he learned about the relationship three years ago and was overjoyed.
Who are you Tweeting? Congressman Steve Cohen was seen sending a Tweet during the State of the Union in February (left) and the recipient was Ashley Brink (right) who he later revealed is his daughter. Now new DNA tests show she isn’t, in fact, his daughter
In one tweet, which he sent during the president’s State of the Union speech, he wrote, ‘Happy Valentine’s beautiful girl.’
In Thursday’s statement, he said he still loves Brink and hopes to remain in her life, though he was ‘stunned and dismayed when DNA tests disproved what Victoria and I believed about our relationship.’
Back in February, Cohen had initially claimed that the 24-year-old model that he was tweeting during the televised speech was a family friend.
But that didn’t silence critics who thought it odd that the ended the messages by writing #ilu, which is short for ‘I love you’.
The married congressman later admitted Brink is his daughter from a previous relationship.
She had not publicly admitted that he was her father, but the two have grown close since Cohen contacted her mother – his former flame – for unspecified reasons.
‘When she let me know she was watching the State of the Union address I was thrilled that she wanted Steve Cohen to be part of her. I had such joy, that I couldn’t hold back from tweeting her,’ he told NBC‘s Luke Russert.
The 63-year-old, three-term Congressman said that he only discovered that he had fathered the young woman only when he did a Google search of her mother – whose identity has not been disclosed – and found out that she had a daughter.
He contacted her after realizing that the ‘math looked pretty accurate’.
‘The mom told me we had a lot of catching up to do,’ he told NBC.
Cohen said that the mother confirmed that he was the father, saying that she sees physical similarities between the two.
The mother said: ‘Every time I look at her I see the German Jew in her face.’
Cohen told NBC: ‘I’m Lithuanian- close enough.’
Cohen’s heritage is a proud point for the politician, as he is the first Jewish congressman from Tennessee.
From there, he began to build a relationship with Ms Brink, taking her on a tour of the Capitol and White House.
Daughter: Little is known about Victoria Brink except that she is a 24-year-old model
He went on to share a picture from the White House Christmas party with NBC reporter Luke Russert, who said via Twitter that during their interview ‘Cohen was emotional while telling the story about his daughter, fought back tears, could feel genuine fatherly emotion.’
While the emotional reunion likely silences political watchers, it doesn’t necessarily quiet his constituents who take issue with the fact he was tweeting at all.
‘That goes to show you he had his mind on other things except the State of the Union,’ Jerome Holloway from Memphis told local news station WMCTV.
‘Everybody carries a phone but it should have been off for something that important.’
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