HOUSTON -- Paternity testing shows presidential brother Neil Bush did not father the child of his mistress-turned-wife, attorneys in a slander case against his former wife said yesterday.
Sharon Bush, Neil Bush's former wife of 23 years, is accused of spreading rumors that the child at the center of a defamation lawsuit was fathered by her ex-husband.
The suit was filed last year by Robert Andrews, who previously was married to Bush's current wife, Maria Andrews Bush. Robert Andrews, whose DNA matched that of the boy, claims the rumors harmed his 3-year-old son.
"You can't unring a bell," said Andrews's attorney, Dale Jefferson. "Sharon Bush rang the bell by spreading this false rumor. And because the Bush family is the closest thing to royalty that we have in America, this would be a rumor that would follow this precious child unless we stopped it at the outset."
Jefferson called the results "complete vindication for the Andrews family."
However, Sharon Bush's attorney, David Berg, said yesterday that the results will have no impact on the pending civil lawsuit against her. Sharon Bush never said Neil Bush was the boy's father, he said.
"They want to turn this into the end of the lawsuit, but it isn't," Berg said. "We will meet them in court. They cannot prove the case."
The suit alleges Sharon Bush felt "anger and bitterness" over the breakup of her marriage to Neil Bush and blamed Maria Andrews for causing the marriage to fail.