The Jackson family attorney says Mark Lester is not the father of Michael Jackson’s daughter, is not claiming paternity and is not offering himself up to DNA testing, despite celebrity gossip reports that Lester is Paris Jackson's biological father.
While Mark Lester, a longtime friend of the late music icon, could not be reached for comment, sources close to the Jacksons confirm that Lester indeed donated sperm specifically for Jackson, as alleged, but say he never claimed paternity.
"They twisted his words around. He's not claiming to be the father of Paris Jackson," says the Jackson family attorney, Londell McMillan, who adds that the story is just another unproven and meaningless claim in the wake of Michael's death.
The Los Angeles County probate court has no reason to go against its finding that the late King of Pop is father to all three of his kids, McMillan stated.
"These are just merely claims with no legal standing whatsoever," he said.
Mark Lester, 51, who is best known for starring in the Oscar-winning classic Oliver!, was longtime friends with Jackson, and he did donate sperm for the singer – though a source says the timing doesn't add up for it being used to create Paris.
"He has known Michael for many years and his children play with Michael's children," says longtime Jackson family associate and past lawyer Brian Oxman.
But Oxman says Mark Lester never indicated he is Paris's father.
There is no question Lester and Michael's children had a close relationship, however. Jackson made Lester godfather to all three ids in October 2003 at a small ceremony where the kids were baptized Catholic with Debbie Rowe's permission.
Rowe, the mother of Paris and Michael's oldest son Prince Michael (at least most likely), has always maintained that Michael is Paris' actual dad.
Arnold Klein, a dermatologist and Rowe's former boss, also donated sperm "at some point" and has been rumored to be Prince and Paris' father.
WHO'S YOUR DADDY? For Paris Jackson, that remains a mystery.