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As far as rumored biological parents of Michael Jackson's children go, Dr. Arnold Klein would probably receive the best odds from Vegas handicappers.

We've got Klein at 3:1, with Mark Lester a dark horse at 7:2 on Paris Jackson, Pia Bhatti 15:1 on Blanket and Macaulay Culkin a total long shot at 250:1.

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Not that Klein plans on proving or disproving theories wrought by Us Weekly, and later his own non-statements, that he's Paris and Prince's real father.

Mark Vincent Kaplan, an attorney for Klein, MJ's dermatologist and close pal, says Klein is not opposed to taking a paternity test to see if he's the dad.

He's not in a hurry to, though, unless asked by the kids themselves.

"The court certainly would not order a DNA test after the death of the conclusively presumed biological parent," Kaplan said, with an additional footnote.

"I think that if, at some point, when the minor children reach their majority, that will be a decision I assume they would make, they alone would make."

Father or not, Dr. Arnold Klein wants to stay close to Michael's children.

"Whether he is or he isn't, it's not going to make him love these children any less than if somebody else were the source," Kaplan said. "In the past there was a close, loving relationship. I think they referred to him as Uncle Arnold."

Despite recent objections in court, Dr. Arnold Klein isn't seeking to oust Katherine Jackson as the children's guardian now or at any time in the future.

"He would like to, as he promised his friend, do what he can to see that the children are making the best decisions," Kaplan said. "He would like input in respect to educational decisions for them, something particularly important to Michael."

Also of importance to Michael Jackson for Paris, Prince and Blanket?

"Michael had asked Dr. Arnold Klein that if something were to happen to him while his children were still minors that Dr. Klein, as a friend, would do what he could do to protect the children from being in the life of an entertainer."

"He regretted he didn't have a chance to be just a normal child not in the spotlight, and wanted the children to have those normal aspects of life growing up that I think Michael didn't have the opportunity to experience."

Sounds like good advice from a concerned, thoughtful parent. You can say a lot of things about Michael Jackson, but you can't take that away from him.

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Dr. Arnold Klein realizes there is a "strong possibility" he is the father of Michael Jackson's two oldest children, Prince Michael, 12 and Paris Jackson, 11.

His lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, admitted this on the record.

"There was a strong possibility that the two older kids could be biologically linked to Dr. Klein. And Dr. Klein was well aware," Kaplan told Us Weekly.

The attorney was explaining why he and Klein went to the guardianship hearing for Jackson's children, who are living with Michael's mom Katherine.

Us Weekly first reported that Dr. Arnold Klein - Jackson's dermatologist - is Prince and Paris' biological father. Debbie Rowe, who worked for Klein for 23 years, is the biological mother, and was wed to Jackson for three years.

In his only public comments on the subject, Klein said that "to the best of his knowledge" he is not their father. But he did admit donating sperm to MJ.

Michael was also father to Blanket, 7, born to a different mother.

We may never know for sure, but there is a strong likelihood that the biological father of Michael Jackson's two eldest children is Dr. Arnold Klein, his lawyer says.

"Dr. Klein wanted to assert a request that he had concerns," said Kaplan (above, right). "He had an agreement with Michael Jackson that if anything happened to Michael, Dr. Klein would do what he could to see that they were protected."

Still, Arnold Klein does not want to challenge the Katherine Jackson's guardianship of the kids, and won't submit to a DNA test, according to Kaplan.

"It would serve no helpful purpose for the children to be distracted from believing Michael Jackson is not the father in every possibility," he said.

"It is not something Dr. Klein feels he is interested to establish. It is not going to help the children," he says, "other than to solve the answered question, which is a selfish motive to see who the ultimate provider of the 13 chromosomes [is]."

"Katherine Jackson is responsible for the decisions and upbringing of the children," Kaplan says. "His concerns were the influence of people around her."

Kaplan did not name names, but is obviously talking about Joe Jackson, Michael's supremely shady and abusive father (who lives apart from Katherine).

Another longtime friend, Mark Lester, also came forward to admit he gave Jackson sperm in the '90s that he thinks may have been used to create Paris.

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Michael Jackson’s embattled personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, will face a manslaughter charge within the next two weeks, law enforcement sources say.

The source initially said Conrad Murray could be arrested next week, but investigators have decided to execute one more search warrant at an L.A. pharmacy.

Murray's arrest is now expected the following week. He is believed to have administered the fatal dose of Propofol to the singer at his home early June 25.

Meanwhile, Jackson’s longtime dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, will be hit with charges related to medical malpractice in connection with Jackson's death.

Dr. Arnold Klein is also rumored to be the biological father of two of Michael's children. Sources say he will not be arrested for at least another two weeks.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office sought to quell the rumors of the doctors' impending arrests, saying in a statement:

“Until the police complete their investigation and bring it to our office, there is absolutely no way to know what charges may be filed and against whom.”

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As the exhaustive investigation into Michael Jackson's death nears its conclusion it appears Dr. Conrad Murray, left, and Dr. Arnold Klein will both face charges.

But a source tells Fox News that the DA's office is currently in talks with investigators about whether they will offer Dr. Conrad Murray the option of surrendering in L.A., rather than arresting him in Houston, where he is currently living.

Investigators initially hoped to, or at least weighed if they could charge Murray with an even more serious crime, since a defendant may be prosecuted on a second degree murder charge in California even without the presence of a motive.

Prosecutors doubt that a jury would convict him without one, however, as no one believes Murray meant to kill Jackson. A manslaughter charge is more likely.

Law enforcement sources previously stated that Murray admitted he gave the star the intravenous anesthetic Propofol to help him sleep hours before he died.

Propofol was at least a contributing factor in the 50-year-old entertainer's death, though toxicology results also revealed the presence of Xanax in his system.

Dr. Arnold Klein, a Beverly Hills dermatologist, has admitted giving the painkiller Demerol - but not Propofol - to Michael Jackson, who suffered from insomnia.

Murray posted a video on YouTube yesterday, ostensibly as a way of thanking friends and patients, but likely gearing up for the media battle he is sure to face if he is charged. The video statement was his first public comment since June 25.

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Despite being quoted personally and seemingly professing to be the biological father of Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris Jackson, former child star Mark Lester isn't trying to cash in his ticket for the paternity lotto ... not just yet anyway.

"I'm sure, as far as I know, [the children] were all his," Mark Lester, who starred as the title character in the Oscar-winning Oliver, told E! News.

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"I expected lots of things to come out, but this is extraordinary."

Not that the celebrity gossip tabloids who reported this completely made it up out of thin air. Mark Lester, 51, is the godfather of Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket and considered Michael Jackson a close friend for nearly 30 years.

Moreover, he admits that he once complied with Jackson's request to donate sperm to the pop star: "It's been a secret for so long," the osteopathic doctor admits. "In 1996 Michael asked me if I would give him my sperm and I said yes."

Lester also said it's possible his "gift" to Jackson could have been put to use ... one would have to imagine so, as it's kind of an unusual gift.

Michael Jackson's close friends Mark Lester and Dr. Arnold Klein didn't just provide trust and friendship to the late King of Pop. They both bestowed sperm at one point.

As for the Jackson three, while Lester told a British tabloid on camera that he can see "strong similarities" between his own 15-year-old daughter and Paris, he told E! that Michael was the only person the trio share an uncanny resemblance with.

"Paris is very pale and Prince has Michael's eyes," he said. "And certainly Blanket is facially very similar to Michael. I'm really amazed to hear that."

We were pretty amazed too ... when he said it.

Another Jackson friend, Dr. Arnold Klein, lodged an objection in court last week to Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother, being granted full custody.

Why does Klein want a say in how the kids are raised? Klein is also rumored to be the father of Paris - and Prince Michael - and also donated sperm.

In an unrelated note, a woman named Claire Elisabeth Fields Cruise just filed three guardianship papers alleging that she's the mother of all three.

Another alleged Jackson baby mama, Billie Jean Jackson, appeared in court this morning for the estate hearing in the King of Pop's case, as well.

Who is Paris Jackson's biological father?

 

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Now why would the late Michael Jackson's dermatologist want a say in how the King of Pop's three children - Paris, Prince and Blanket - are raised?

If you know what's already been rumored about Dr. Arnold Klein, it's not too hard to connect the dots here. A man's gotta look after his own offspring!

That hasn't been confirmed, of course. But acting on behalf of Dr. Arnold Klein, lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan made a surprise appearance in court Tuesday to express his client's concerns at the Michael Jackson custody hearing.

Kaplan said he was there to represent Klein's interest in the "education, health care and welfare" of Jackson's two eldest children, Prince Michael and Paris.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, who awarded Katherine Jackson custody of the three children and agreed to visitation rights for Paris and Prince's biological mother Debbie Rowe, said that Klein had no standing to object.

Klein is said to be the biological father of the children. He has never denied this, saying only that he is not the father "to the best of my knowledge" and even admitting that he was a sperm donor "at some point" if not to Michael directly.

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These Us photos show how close Dr. Arnold Klein was to Michael Jackson and his kids ... but was it more than a friendship? His court maneuver yesterday suggests so.

Arnold Klein had objected to Katherine being awarded custody as per Michael Jackson's last will. But later, the doctor said in a statement via his attorney that he does not have any problem with Katherine Jackson taking care of them.

According to Mark Vincent Kaplan and co-counsel Bradley P. Boyer:

"Arnold Klein is merely acting on promises he made to Michael with respect to ensuring the long-term health and stability of the children and their ability to enjoy as normal of a life out of the spotlight as could be reasonably possible."

"Dr. Klein has always had a special relationship with Paris and Prince, loves and cares deeply for these children and is looking out for their best interest."

"Dr. Klein has been involved with the children in sharing holidays and other special events and wishes to have the ability to continue his involvement as a very close associate of their father and offers his guidance and protection forever."

The judge said Klein can file court papers pertaining to his guardianship concerns, and his legal team says it plans to do just that on September 1.

So Kaplan essentially explained why Dr. Arnold Klein wants to stay in the mix without actually explaining anything. For about $500 per hour, too.

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Katherine Jackson, 79, was awarded full, permanent guardianship of Michael Jackson's three children during a custody hearing in Los Angeles this morning.

Here's the hearing blow-by-blow from TMZ, which was on hand for the proceedings this morning. As you can see, everything went down more or less as expected, although there were some odd twists (and a Mark Vincent Kaplan sighting) in there ...

11:56 a.m.: Katherine, Randy and La Toya Jackson arrived and were escorted upstairs to the courtroom. Rebbie Jackson, Michael's older sister, also showed up. Reports suggest that, day to day, she will be the one taking care of Michael's kids.

12:14 p.m.: The judge took the bench, and said that he will be dealing with the guardianship settlement between Katherine Jackson and Debbie Rowe first.

12:17 p.m.: In a strange development, Mark Vincent Kaplan (K-Fed's lawyer) just showed up on behalf of Dr. Arnold Klein. Kaplan says Klein has a "long-standing commitment" to Michael Jackson and has concerns about Joe Jackson being involved.

There are reports Arnold Klein is their biological father, but he hasn't confirmed or denied that, only saying "to the best of his knowledge" he is not.

12:18 p.m.: The judge wanted to know what legal standing Dr. Arnold Klein has, but he ultimately ruled that Klein has no legal standing to lodge an objection, and that Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe are the parents of the children.

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Today's players: Arnold Klein, Debbie Rowe and Katherine Jackson.

12:26 p.m.: Debbie Rowe's lawyer, Eric George, just said he won't object to Katherine being appointed temporary guardian, but permanent guardianship could be delayed. Curious, given the supposed settlement between Debbie and Katherine.

12:37 p.m.: The judge named Katherine permanent guardian of all three kids, then granted her a financial allowance for six months. The amount wasn't discussed.

12:40 p.m.: Debbie Rowe will have visitation with her two kids and will continue getting spousal support based on the deal she struck with Michael years ago.

12:42 p.m.: The judge has just granted 83.5 percent of what was requested for the children's allowance. Specific amounts of the allowance were not discussed.

12:55 p.m.: The judge decided on the lesser amount because of concerns about duplicate expenses for the monthly allowance approved for Katherine Jackson.

2:58 p.m.: The judge has ruled that AEG, Michael Jackson's would-be concert promoter, has to provide a copy of their contract with him to Katherine Jackson.

3:00 p.m.: The judge just admitted Michael Jackson's 2002 will into probate. The will names John Branca and John McClain as co-executors. Katherine has an unspecified objection to this. Will she ask that she be named as a third executor?

4:55 p.m.: Katherine Jackson just withdrew her petition asking that she be put in charge of the estate. This petition was filed before she knew a will existed.

5:05 p.m.: Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled that Jackson's longtime attorney Branca and McClain will continue to administer the star's estate until at least October.

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Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter personally went to Dr. Arnold Klein's office to get Michael Jackson's medical records this afternoon, TMZ reports.

He went to the office because Dr. Klein was not fully cooperating with the L.A. Coroner's office request for documents pertaining to Klein's treatment of Jackson.

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On July 2, Winter's office contacted the office of Dr. Klein and subpoenaed the medical records of Michael Jackson. At that time, Klein's lawyer sent partial records and then promised he would send the rest later, but never did.

Winter's office then called Dr. Arnold Klein's rep to say they still hadn't received the documents but Klein never responded. Thus the personal trip today.

According to Winter, a lawyer for Klein was in the office while another was on the telephone. The lawyers promised to hand over the files in 24 hours.

Dr. Arnold Klein remains under investigation.

Law enforcement is investigating Dr. Klein's prescription practices as they relate to Michael Jackson - including prescribing him medication using aliases.

If he is found to have withheld, altered or destroyed medical records of the singer, it could lead to additional scrutiny of the well-known dermatologist.

There have also been reports that Klein is the biological father of Michael's kids Paris and Prince. He denies that he is ... to the best of his knowledge.

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A doctor who treated the late Michael Jackson claimed that the singer self-injected Demerol into his system, according to the file from his 2005 molestation trial.

In the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's notes, a member of Jackson's security detail - a retired L.A. County Sheriff's deputy named Michael Laperruque - said at least several doctors were trying to get Michael Jackson off of Demerol at the time.

One of the doctors "was upset with Jackson because he had been self-injecting."

A Demerol overdose has been suggested as a possible cause of death for the music icon, who passed away suddenly on June 25 after suffering cardiac arrest.

Laperruque told detectives he had picked up Jackson's prescriptions for the star, usually under the name Chris Carter. Carter was one of Jackson's bodyguards.

Also, Laperruque said that one time when he was at Neverland Ranch, his job was to keep Jackson's family out because they were planning an intervention.

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Michael Jackson, center, with Drs. Arnold Klein, left, and Conrad Murray.

Meanwhile, sources say that a pair of doctors at the center of the inquiry into Jackson's death - Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Conrad Murray - have not turned over the medical records the L.A. County Coroner's office has requested.

According to TMZ, both doctors have turned over some records, but the coroner's office has not gotten complete Jackson medical records from either doctor.

And there's this:

A driver for Michael Jackson told the coroner's officials shortly after Jackson's death that the singer was going to see Dr. Arnold Klein multiple times a week in the months preceding his death and sometimes would spend 3-4 hours inside.

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The lingering debate over who is the biological father of Michael Jackson's kids did not exactly get answered yesterday by Dr. Arnold "Arnie" Klein.

On Good Morning America, he offered the cryptic non-answer that he is not the father ... to the best of his knowledge. That was a head-scratcher.

Last night, Arnold Klein took a similar route on Larry King Live, though he did elaborate a little bit, admitting that he donated sperm at one point - to a sperm bank, and not to Michael Jackson directly, he maintains adamantly.

As far as he knows, he is not the father of Jackson's children. End of story. The dermatologist said he's willing to submit to a DNA test to establish paternity.

Us Weekly has stated as fact that Klein is the biological father of Prince and Paris Jackson. No other celebrity news publication has confirmed this.

Meanwhile, Dr. Arnold Klein thinks Jackson and ex-wife Debbie Rowe (Klein's former assistant) did consummate their marriage. TMI there, Arnie.

As for the King of Pop's drug use, Klein insists he is not one of the five doctors currently under investigation for supplying Michael Jackson with dangerous prescription drugs that many believe led to his demise in some form.

But Dr. Arnie Klein, Michael Jackson's longtime friend, does now admit to giving him Demerol - one of the strong painkillers Jackson sought out.

Klein says it was only "on occasion" to sedate the pop legend.

Asked about Diprivan, the brand name for Propofol, the hospital-only anesthesia found in Jackson's house when he died, Klein said he was aware Michael was using it, but did not prescribe it, and wouldn't even know how to use it.

He also says he warned Michael Jackson of its dangers.

Here's Arnie Klein on Larry King Live ...

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The identity of the biological father of Michael Jackson's three children has recently been questioned by tabloids suggesting that Dr. Arnold Klein, an openly gay man and a well-known dermatologist for the wealthy, is their actual dad.

Today, Dr. Arnold Klein made his first (non) comment on the subject when he appeared on Good Morning America and cryptically deflected the question of paternity.

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"I can't say anything about it, but ... to the best of my knowledge, I am not the father of these children," he told Diane Sawyer. "I can't answer it in any other way. I don't want to feed any of this insanity that is going around."

"I will tell you one thing: These are brilliant children and I want them in no way to be harmed. These are wonderful, fabulous children who he loved deeply."

To the best of his knowledge, he is not the father?

If he's not, how would there be any doubt, and if he were, why not just say so? Sure, it would be scandalous, but it would be honest and no one would really be that shocked. Besides, people would stop talking about it sooner, right?

Klein was first reported to be the Jackson kids' biological father last week by Us Weekly. He also denied (more convincingly) providing Jackson with sedation drugs.

"I've not been examined by anyone. I've not been contacted by police in Los Angeles," he said. "I've given him medication, yes, but you could take all the medication I gave him in a year right now, and nothing would happen to you."

"I don't want to discuss the way I treated him. I did not give him this crap that they are talking about. I've never prescribed OxyContin in my life. How am I going to prescribe Diprivan when I don't even know how to use it?"

As he told reporters when he was tracked down last week, Dr. Arnold Klein recommends harsh punishments for doctors who enabled the late icon:

"I can and will say that anyone who makes someone into an addict, or gives a person potentially dangerous substances directly to them to use is a criminal. It becomes nothing more than a manslaughter or something worse than that."

However, when the physician saw Michael Jackson just three days before his death, Jackson showed no warning signs of drug-related trouble.

"He was having no trouble sleeping in my office, OK?" Klein said.

"He was not in terrible pain when I saw him. He danced in the office and he danced for my patients. He was very, very happy and dancing."

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