Rep. Cohen to female reporter: ‘You’re very attractive, but I’m not talking about it’

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Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen declined a reporter’s question Thursday by telling her she’s “very attractive, but I’m not talking about it.”

Real Clear Politics’ Caitlin Huey-Burns tweeted Cohen’s response Thursday afternoon, explaining that she was asking him about new DNA evidence showing that Cohen is not actually the father of an aspiring model — news Cohen has claimed he was “stunned” by.

Cohen claimed he was the woman’s father after he tweeted messages at her during the President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address.

“pleased u r watching .ilu,” Cohen wrote to Victoria Brink then. “nice to know you were watchin SOTU(state of the union).Happy Valentines beautiful girl. ilu,” he also tweeted. (“ilu” is shorthand for “I love you.”)

Victoria Brink
(Photo of Victoria Brink, via Twitter)

Both tweets were deleted soon after being sent.

“There has been much written and said about my tweeting a very beautiful 24-year-old woman during the State of the Union,” Cohen announced a couple days later. “I haven’t been able to say this until now, and I only found out three years ago, but I’ve known since then that the young lady is my daughter.”

CNN conducted a paternity test and aired the results on Thursday, revealing that Cohen was not Brink’s father.

Update: Cohen apologized to Huey-Burns a short time later.

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