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Michael Jackson's friend and dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, was shut down in court by a judge ruled he has no legal right to raise concerns the late star's kids.

Klein's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, showed up in probate court and said his client had concerns about the kids and how they were raised - per MJ's request.

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He did not object to Katherine Jackson being named their guardian.

Arnold Klein is rumored to be the biological father of Paris Jackson and Michael Jr., the singer's older two kids. This has not been factually established, however.

Court documents show the judge ruled Klein had "no legal standing" because there's a "conclusive presumption" Jackson and Debbie Rowe are the parents.

Michael Jackson and his close friend Dr. Arnold Klein.

Klein admitted he gave sperm to Jackson at some point but says that to the best of his knowledge, he's not the dad. Nor will he take a test. Unless asked.

In any case, he has no standing to say how they are raised unless he is an actual parent, which as far as the court is concerned, Dr. Arnold Klein is not.

On a side note, the court also found there is "no legal mother" of Prince Michael Jackson II, a.k.a. Blanket. He has many rumored moms, like Pia Bhatti.

Do you think Dr. Arnold Klein is Paris and Michael Jr.'s father?

 

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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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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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The Circus is traveling abroad - and so are Sean Preston and Jayden James!

Kevin Federline's longtime attorney tells E! News that K-Fed and his ex-wife Britney Spears will be extending their current custody arrangement when her blockbuster striptease show new album tour crosses the Atlantic.

What that means is Federline will also be making the trek to Europe so that Spears can continue to be close to their sons Sean and Jayden, 3 and 2. No word on how much he will get paid for his time - but dude needs the cash!

"They worked out an arrangement to facilitate her being able to go on tour without having to sacrifice her ability to see the kids," Mark Vincent Kaplan says.

"She'll go on tour, she'll go to the venues, but Kevin will be there with the kids. There won't be any change in custody in Europe or anywhere she's on tour."

The once-estranged exes first hammered out a modified joint custody deal when Britney Spears embarked on her Circus tour in March 3 in New Orleans.

"Kevin is happy with how the kids are doing, and he's happy that he's been able to work out an arrangement where Britney is pursuing her professional goals, and Kevin is rooting for her every step of the way," Kaplan says.

He was also rumored to have nailed Britney backstage at one of the shows, to the dismay of current girlfriend Victoria Prince, but we'll chalk that one up as a rumor.

As for how Sean Preston and Jayden James Federline are handling the whole situation, "The kids are great, they're really happy," Kaplan stated. "They are both very well-adjusted kids, as well-adjusted as you can expect."

"They will always push the envelope, but I think that they have the absolute privilege of having two parents who absolutely love them. Everyone has worked for making sure that they're not a product of all of the attention and commotion."

As for Victoria Prince, Kaplan wouldn't confirm whether she'd be a member of the overseas entourage, but he says she, Sean and Jayden "have a good relationship."

The Circus Starring Britney Spears is off to London for eight gigs at O2 Arena, after which it's off to Dublin, Paris, Stockholm, etc., before ending July 26 in Berlin.

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Despite Britney Spears' blog proclaiming that Sean Preston and Jayden James will be joining her for her Circus tour, Kevin Federline's camp insists no deal is done.

"We are working toward that," K-Fed's attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said.

"There can be an agreement reached in probably the next day, but there is not an agreement that is signed at this point," he added.

Mark Vincent Kaplan says they are still hammering out the finals details, but the basic agreement will allow Britney Spears to see her two sons on "pretty much the same schedule that she has now," which is around three days a week.

The FedEx man will travel with the kids to certain tour "bases" - big cities where Britney will stay with S & J in between concerts in the vicinity.

Kevin Federline "is working to make [Sean Preston and Jayden James] accessible by going to various central locations in various areas of the country."

'He is doing that because he wants her to be able to have the maximum positive environment around her to assure the tour will be successful," says Kaplan.

The $4,000 per week Britney is offering probably helps.

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Britney Spears is prepared to cancel her upcoming Circus tour if lawyers for ex-husband Kevin Federline continue to block an agreement allowing her to take the kids on the road, according to a report on celeb news site TMZ.

For weeks, Britney, K-Fed and her father Jamie Spears have been privately hashing out a plan to let the kids travel with Britney on her world tour.

The plan is to have homes in three bases - New Jersey, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Sean Preston and Jayden James would stay in one of these three bases and mom would commute back and forth while doing concerts in each region.

Then there's this strange fact: Britney Spears is prepared to pay the FedEx man in excess of $4,000 per week for every week in which she's on tour.

The way the deal goes... Britney would get Kevin his own pad in each of the three "bases" and he wouldn't even have to show up to get the money! Why, you ask, would she pay him if he doesn't show? You can figure it out.

Is The Circus Starring Britney Spears, set to kick off March 3, in jeopardy?

Here's the deal: Britney, K-Fed and Jamie - who also got restraining orders against three shady characters from Britney's past in what's been an active week for him - worked out the arrangement without the help of any lawyers.

A week ago, however, attorneys for Kevin Federline became aware of the plan and were furious, thinking that Jamie Spears went behind their backs.

Now K-Fed's lawyers say they object to the plan but won't specifically say why, and Kevin apparently doesn't have the cojones to stand up to them.

Britney Spears - who now has close to a 50-50 custody arrangement in place and a long-term agreement worked out with K-Fed which would extend said arrangement - WILL cancel the tour if she can't take her kids. Stay tuned ...

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Kevin Federline wants Britney Spears to play a major role in the lives of Sean Preston and Jayden James. Just not a bigger role than his.

The FedEx man's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, spoke to E! News in the wake of Thursday's all-day mediation session, in which both sides were seeking to hash out a custody agreement in advance of an August trial.

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"Kevin is seeking to maintain the sole legal and physical custody that he presently has," Kaplan said. "There's nothing magical about 50-50."

"There's nothing magical about 60-40. What's magical is that whatever order is in place, it best suits the best interests of the children."

Which, ideally, would give the 30-year-old Kevin Federline full custody of his sons, simply making permanent the present temporary order.

Ever since Britney's epic January meltdowns, K-Fed's had sole legal custody.

"Kevin Federline has had ustody since January," Kaplan noted. "He wants that to become the permanent order at trial, and Britney's visitation to be consistent with what the court expanded it to this week."

Namely, allowing the troubled Britney Spears overnight visitation with her sons (and Maddie Briann Aldridge's cousins), Sean Preston and Jayden James, which begin Saturday. She is also allowed two daytime visits a week.

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There may be a thaw in the contentious relationship between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, suggests K-Fed's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan.

Spears, who last week was awarded more time with her sons with Federline (Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1), was the hot topic of discussion for Mark Vincent Kaplan, on Monday morning's Today show.

Mark Vincent Kaplan, left, has hopes for improved relations between former spouses Britney Spears and Kevin Federline (seen here in a classic 2004 file photo).

The attorney said that the judge's decision at last week's ruling reflected a significant "improvement" in Britney Spears' mental health.

She spent two full days, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on both Thursday, May 8 and yesterday, May 11 (Mother's Day) with her l'il sons.

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Britney Spears' visitation rights with sons Sean Preston and Jayden James have been expanded following a hearing with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

There is no change in custody, K-Fed's attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said at a press conference, but overnight visits for Britney Spears (who has been without them for months) "will be phased in in the near future."

"The court made orders today, orders that the parties were able to mostly agree to," Kaplan said. "It represents a a cautious step moving forward."

Britney Spears arriving and leaving the May 6 court hearing.

Mark Vincent Kaplan added that the court was "pleased with the progress that seems to be occurring" with Britney Spears daily, and said that he believes Tuesday's court ruling is "a step in the right direction.

"The children (Sean Preston and Jayden James) are doing great â€" that's the key," Kaplan also said. "That's what all of this is about."

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