Mike Duffy's alleged Peruvian child speaks out

Senator Mike Duffy arrives at the Senate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in this October 28, 2013 file...

Senator Mike Duffy arrives at the Senate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in this October 28, 2013 file photo. The Senate voted November 5, 2013 to suspend senators Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin without pay. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/Files

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

A Peruvian woman claims she's the unacknowledged child of disgraced suspended senator Mike Duffy.

Karen Duffy says she's the product of a fling between Duffy, then a famous Canadian TV journalist, and a Peruvian drug trafficker who was serving time in Canada, says her lawyer Jorge Alejandro Rizuri.

She told her story to Macleans magazine.

Her March 15, 1982, birth certificate reportedly lists her father as Mike Duffy, "reportero de T.V."

"When I was a child I didn't really understand it. I just felt rejected and wondered why my father wasn't with me," she told Macleans.

After years of reaching out to Duffy and getting no response, Karen and her mother have filed a suit in Peruvian court seeking to formally establish that he is her biological father.

Duffy has vehemently disputed the claims.

"The Macleans story contains untrue allegations, made by a convicted narcotics smuggler, and which go back more than 30 years," he wrote in an e-mail to QMI Agency on Tuesday. "I will respond to any legal process from Peru in an appropriate manner. I will have no further comment."

Karen told Macleans that her mother, Yvette Benites, met Mike Duffy's sister Moira at the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ont., and then later met Mike Duffy when she was staying at a halfway house in Ottawa.

Karen told the magazine she doesn't want Duffy's money and she has no interest in moving to Canada.

"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 said.


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