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Donald Trump sues Bill Maher for $5 million over 'orang' bet

Posted Feb 4, 2013 by JohnThomas Didymus
Donald Trump has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Bill Maher alleging that he did not fulfill a $5 million offer he made on "The Tonight Show." Trump says he does not consider Maher made the offer as joke and that he is suing to compel him to pay up.
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Politico reports the suit was filed in California on Monday.
Last month, Maher told Jay Leno on NBC's "The Tonight Show," that he would pay $5 million to any charity of Trump's choice if he provides a birth certificate proving that he is not "spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan."
Maher's bet spoofed the offer Trump made to President Obama in which said he would pay $5 million to Obama's charity of choice if he released his college records.
Politico reports Trump said: "I don’t know whether this case will be won or lost, but I felt a major obligation to bring it on behalf of the charities... Bill Maher made an unconditional offer while on The Jay Leno Show and I, without hesitation, accepted his offer and provided him with the appropriate documentation. Prior demands for payment went ignored by Mr. Maher despite the fact that the beneficiaries of this suit will ultimately be the charities [...] who would share equally the $5 million — something I am certain they can desperately use.”
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Bill Maher, comic and atheist
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According to Trump, the money would be donated to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Hurricane Sandy Victims, March of Dimes and the Police Athletic League.
After Maher made the offer, Trump's attorney Scott S. Balber sent a letter to Maher with a copy of Trump's birth certificate attached. The letter said: "Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan."
Trump said on "Fox & Friends": “He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information. Well I provided the information. He didn't pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity... [Maher] made me an offer. I accepted the offer immediately, and he didn't come through with the $5 million."
In response to the suggestion that Maher, a professional comic, may have been joking, Trump said: "I don’t think he was joking. He said it with venom. That was venom. That wasn't a joke. In fact, he was nervous when he said it. It was a pathetic delivery."
Transcript: Trump on Fox & Friends (Newsbusters)
DONALD TRUMP: I have some interesting news today, because you know Bill Maher promised me $5 million - this is unrelated - $5 million. You have breaking news. Big story. But he promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information. Well I provided the information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 m(llion for charity…I’ll sue him about 12:00 today, for $5 million all going to charity. He said, “If you do this,” he made me an offer, I accepted the offer immediately, and he didn’t come through with the $5 million. He made me a $5 million offer on Jay Leno’s show.
So today I’m suing him on behalf of charities. I’m suing him for $5 million. I have no idea how that’s going to turn out to be honest, but I felt I had an obligation to do on behalf of charities.
STEVE DOOCY, CO-HOST: I read that on your Twitter last week or two weeks ago. But you know what his attorney’s going to say? He’s going to say, “Look, he was only joking.”
TRUMP: Well, he may, and let’s see what happens. I don’t think he was joking. He said it with venom. That was venom. That wasn’t a joke. In fact he was nervous when he said it. It was like really, it was a pathetic delivery. But he said, “I will give,” and I said, “I will accept.” So, let’s see what happens. I had an obligation to the charities.