Trump Is Suing Maher Over $5M Birth Certificate Bet on 'Tonight Show'

Monday, 04 Feb 2013 11:19 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Business mogul Donald Trump said Monday he plans to follow through with his promise to sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity after the liberal comic failed to follow through on a public bet made last month.

"He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information," Trump said Monday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends." "Well, I provided the information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity."

The host of HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" told Jay Leno during a January "Tonight Show" appearance that he was disappointed that Trump never released his own birth certificate, as the real estate mogul made such a big deal over President Barack Obama's parentage.

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In light of Trump's $5 million offer to Obama to release his college records, Maher quipped that he would pay Trump $5 million to prove that he is not, as Maher put it, the spawn of a monkey.

Trump’s attorney Scott S. Balber released a letter following Maher’s comments and attached a copy of Trump’s birth certificate as proof, according to Politico.

"Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan," Balber wrote in the letter.

The letter also designated the five charities Maher's $5 million is to go to: Hurricane Sandy Victims, the Police Athletic League, the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Trump voiced his feelings about the bet on Twitter after Maher's "Tonight Show" appearance.

Though many assumed the bet was in jest, Trump said that he didn't think the wager was a joke. "He said it with venom," Trump told Fox News Monday. "That was venom. That wasn't a joke. In fact, he was nervous when he said it. It was a pathetic delivery."

Maher has not yet commented on the suit.

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