Don Francisco is like your TV tío playing the ringmaster every Saturday on Univision's long running, Miami-filmed circus of Latin kitsch known as Sábado Gigante. But according to criminal complaints in his native Chile, he's also a bribing deadbeat dad who tried to tamper with DNA evidence in a paternity suit.
Seventy-year-old Francisco, whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger, is the subject of a paternity suit. Forty-three-year-old Patricio Abraham Flores Mundaca claims that his mother once had an affair with the Spanish television icon while she was working as a maid at a hotel Francisco was staying. Nine months later, he alleges, he popped out.
Chile's Medical Legal Service now claims that Francisco tried to bribe a laboratory worker to have DNA evidence in the paternity suit altered. Biochemist Luis Velazquez was allegedly offered the bribe by people who claimed to be close to Francisco.
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Francisco has denied the claims, saying "I've never bribed anybody. I don't know this Mr. Velazquez who came out in the press."