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Jul 15, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Peruvian woman claims to be Mike Duffy’s child, says Maclean’s magazine

A Peruvian woman has filed a civil suit against Mike Duffy to try to prove he is her biological father, says Maclean’s magazine


A Peruvian woman has filed a civil suit against Senator Mike Duffy to try to prove he is her biological father, a Maclean’s magazine report says.

According to the report, which has not been verified by the Star, Karen Duffy, 32, claims her mother — a convicted drug smuggler who served time in a Kingston prison and Ottawa halfway house — became pregnant after meeting Duffy.

The suspended senator will have to provide a DNA sample in court to disprove this allegation, the magazine said.

In response to an email from Maclean’s requesting comment, Duffy denied the allegation, saying, “Your email contains untrue allegations, made by a convicted narcotics smuggler, and which go back more than 30 years. I will respond to any legal process from Peru in an appropriate manner. I will have no further comment.”

Karen Duffy told Maclean’s that neither she nor her mother are seeking money from Mike Duffy, and that they have both tried to reach out to him on several occasions with no response.

“It’s a weird story . . . when I was a child I didn’t really understand it. I just felt rejected and wondered why my father wasn’t with me,” Karen Duffy is quoted as saying in the article.

Maclean’s reported that Karen Duffy’s mother, Yvette Benites, was convicted of smuggling cocaine into Canada in the late 1970s and served time in the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ont.

In the article Benites alleges she met Mike Duffy through his sister, Moira Duffy, a fellow inmate.

She says Moira Duffy asked her to deliver a birthday present for her brother while Benites was out on parole and staying in a halfway house.

Benites told Maclean’s that she left Mike Duffy a letter in his apartment explaining that she was pregnant before she was deported back to Peru.

Mike Duffy, a former CTV and CBC journalist, was suspended without pay from the Senate in November 2013.

He is currently under investigation by the RCMP for fraud, bribery and breach of public trust concerning travel, residential and office expense claims he made, as well as a $90,000 cheque that former Stephen Harper chief of staff Nigel Wright gave him to repay the expenses.

The RCMP dropped their investigation into Wright in April 2014. No charges have been laid against Duffy.

According to Maclean’s, the outcome of the Peruvian court case will not be recognized by Canadian courts. It also wouldn’t allow Karen Duffy to obtain retroactive child support, or Canadian citizenship or make any kind of future claim on Mike Duffy’s estate.

Karen Duffy told Maclean’s that she is motivated by emotion, not money. “I want to have a relationship. I want to meet him. I want him to know me, and share the things that are important to me,” she is quoted as saying.

Toronto Star

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