Third Woman: Paraguay Prez Fathered My Kid

Paternity scandal grows, but so far no political fallout
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2009 9:14 AM CDT
Third Woman: Paraguay Prez Fathered My Kid
Benigna Leguizamon, right, her lawyer, and Leguizamon's son Lucas Fernando, center, leave court after filing a lawsuit against Fernando Lugo for fathering Lucas Fernando.   (AP Photo/Miguel Avalos)

The paternity scandal surrounding Paraguay’s president, a former bishop, has reached new heights: A third woman says he fathered her child, McClatchy reports. Fernando Lugo recently acknowledged paternity of a 2-year-old; soon after, another woman said he was her 6-year-old’s dad. She filed an official paternity claim yesterday, the same day a third woman came forward with her 16-month-old.

“I am not asking for any money. I can pay for his education,” says the third woman, who says she worked for Lugo’s campaign and still supports him, but wants him “to tell the truth so others won't distort it.” So far, the personal scandal hasn’t turned political, says a columnist. “Nobody is talking about impeachment, but I don't know how many more children can come out before the situation gets very serious.”
(More Paraguay stories.)

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