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Pulse nightclub shooter used online dating sites to cheat on wife, her attorneys say

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 3 days ago David Harris

a man talking on a cell phone: An undated photo from social media of 29-year-old Omar Mateen, identified as the gunman in the mass shooting at a gay club June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. © Omar Mateen/Planet Pix/Zuma Press/TNS An undated photo from social media of 29-year-old Omar Mateen, identified as the gunman in the mass shooting at a gay club June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. ORLANDO, Fla. — Attorneys for the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen wrote in a motion filed this week that he was using online dating websites such as Plenty of Fish to cheat on her.

Noor Salman's attorneys said in the motion that Mateen used a mutual friend as a cover story so he could go out with other women.

Salman told the FBI her husband told her the night before the attack he was going out with this friend.

Salman's attorneys argue this is relevant because Mateen was actively trying to hide what he was doing from his wife. Salman claims she knew nothing of the attack.

The friend, identified only as Nemo, told FBI investigators that Mateen asked him to lie for him if his wife ever called.

"And this is a statement he made to me, because he had a bad habit of — he was married, he was married, but he went behind his wife's back and did a lot of stuff on the side on whatever website," Nemo told FBI agents, according to the filing. "Plenty of Fish or whatever it was. Arablounge. He even mentioned Craigslist to me. Hooking up with women. Hooking up with older women."

According to Salman's lawyers, the FBI interviewed 10 women he met through online dating sites, including a sustained relationship he had with a woman between June 2015 and March 2016.

Her lawyers also asked that a judge throw out 911 calls and video from inside the club because it would be prejudicial toward her.

Prosecutors had not filed a response as of Monday night.

Salman is charged with aiding her husband in the attack that left 49 people dead at the night club on June 12, 2016.

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