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Two Montana legislators sue 'Three Cups' author Greg Mortenson

Greg Mortenson, Mike Mullen
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
FILE - In this July 15, 2009 file photo released by Department of Defense, “Three Cups of Tea” co-author Greg Mortenson shows the locations of future village schools to U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School 60 miles north of Kabul in Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan. Montana’s attorney general on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 told The Associated Press that he has launched an inquiry into the charity run by Mortenson, following investigations by “60 Minutes” and author Jon Krakauer into inaccuracies in the book. (AP Photo/Department of Defense, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

HELENA (AP) -- Two Montana lawmakers are trying to start a class-action lawsuit against "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, claiming they were duped into buying Mortenson's best-selling book and donating to his charity based on lies they thought were true.

The claim filed Thursday in federal court in Missoula is the latest fallout from reports by "60 Minutes" and author Jon Krakauer last month that alleged that Mortenson lied in "Three Cups of Tea" about how he became involved in building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The reports also questioned whether Mortenson financially benefited from his charity, Central Asia Institute, and whether CAI built the number of schools it claimed.

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