The Farmington Hills mosque whose members have been charged in a female genital mutilation scandal denied allegations Wednesday that it paid to have the procedure performed on girls.

In a letter, the Anjuman-e-Najmi mosque called the accusation, made during a custody hearing Tuesday by attorney Cynthia Nunez, false.

"At no time has the Anjuman-e-Najmim, Detroit mosque paid for any religious medical procedure whatsoever," the mosque said in a statement. "These comments are made without factual evidence to back it up and are intended to intently misstate, overstate and inflame an already difficult situation."

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