Donald Trump has "temporarily withdrawn" lawsuit against Bill Maher

The Donald proved he is not the spawn of an orangutan and expects the television host to pay up

By Prachi Gupta

Published April 2, 2013 3:20PM (EDT)

Donald Trump, demonstrating the first act of sanity since Bill Maher challenged him to prove he was not the "spawn of an orangutan," has withdrawn the lawsuit against Maher--well, temporarily.

"The lawsuit was temporarily withdrawn to be amended and refiled at a later date," Michael Cohen, Trump Executive Vice President and Special Counsel, told TMZ.

Maher's orangutan comment and subsequent challenge had been a direct jab at Trump's October announcement, in which the real estate mogul challenged President Obama to release his college transcript in exchange for $5 million donation to a charity of his choosing. Maher then jokingly challenged Trump to prove he is not the offspring of an orangutan, which everyone took to be a joke, except human joke Donald Trump. When the Donald offered up record of his very human birth, Maher didn't pay up, and Trump sued, saying he “had an obligation to sue for charity.”

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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