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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.

Lester, Paris, Michael

WHO'S YOUR DADDY? For Paris Jackson, that remains a mystery.

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Arnold Klein who? Michael Jackson's good friend Mark Lester looks at the late King of Pop's daughter Paris and is convinced he is her real dad.

Lester recently said in an interview that he secretly donated sperm to help the singer have kids - and that Paris looks just like his own daughter Harriet.

Until two weeks ago the child star of Oliver, the Oscar-winning classic adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel, had not told anyone this, even his wife.

But Mark Lester is now going public with this theory and is willing to take a DNA test to prove paternity, saying, "It's been a secret for so long."

"In 1996 Michael asked if I would give him my sperm. I said yes. It was a gift to him, no money was paid. I was honored to. He wanted children so badly."

Lester, an osteopathic doctor and acupuncture specialist, is only speaking out now because after Jackson's death he fears he will be cut off from her life.

"With Michael's mother Katherine now their legal guardian it's like the kids are being isolated," said Mark, who is the godfather of all three of Michael's kids. "Up until Michael's memorial I was in touch with them on a weekly basis.

Paris Jackson Pic

"I'm the Godparent to them and Michael was Godparent to my four kids. Our families spent a lot of time together, had a lot fun together. Now I'm not able to have any communication with the children. This isn't what Michael would have wanted."

Mark Lester said he has spoken to lawyers to establish his rights to contact the children. He then revealed in detail how Jackson:

  • Hatched the sperm donor plan because he was scared to have sex.
  • Joked about making donor babies using a "turkey baster."
  • Booked Mark into a special London clinic for the procedure.
  • Shared holidays and intimate moments with the Lesters.

The plan for Mark to donate sperm to Jackson all along. Amazingly, he is not the first close friend to be the subject of paternity rumors involving the children.

Dr. Arnold Klein, a dermatologist who treated Michael and also spent a great deal of time with the star as a close friend, also donated sperm "at some point."

Asked if he is the father of Paris Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson, Klein has offered only strange non-denials, saying he's not, "to the best of my knowledge."

There is also the unrelated, yet equally puzzling rumor of whether the star's "close friend" Omer Bhatti, 25, is really the secret (and biological) son of Jackson.

Follow the link to keep reading Lester's paternity story ...

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Multiple law enforcement sources report that the toxicology reports in the Michael Jackson case shows that the late music star had a lethal amount of the anesthetic Propofol in his system, as expected - and that wasn't the only drug.

The toxicology findings show there was also alprazolam - also known by the brand name Xanax - in Jackson's system. Xanax is used to treat anxiety.

Sources say Propofol is "front and center in terms of why [Jackson] died."

Despite the suspicions surrounding his untimely demise, a third Jackson autopsy will not be performed, according to people connected to the case.

Vintage Michael Jackson

R.I.P. Michael Jackson (1958-2009).

The center of the investigation into Michael's death remains his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who police believe gave Jackson Propofol.

DEA agents and police have raided his offices in Houston and Las Vegas in search of evidence. The doctor has been interviewed multiple times.

Law enforcement sources say Jackson received IVs of Propofol regularly, and may have even died in Murray's bed as it was being adminstered.

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A Jackson family source says that despite a recent collection of reports claiming that Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, is convinced of foul play in her son's June 25 death, "there is neither a plan nor a need for another autopsy."

But it's not that another autopsy is unplanned and unnecessary. It may also be impossible, thanks to the current state of the music star's remains.

Vintage Michael Jackson

All tissues and samples, including his brain, were already removed, making Jackson's body more or less "a shell" of little or no forensic value.

But whether or not Katherine's alleged paranoia is warranted, Los Angeles Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Paul Gliniecki says a third autopsy is not.

Gliniecki says another autopsy "would be totally pointless," thanks to the detail that went into the first examination of the late icon's body.

The results of which are indefinitely delayed.

The legendary Michael Jackson (1958-2009).

"Especially in a high-profile case like this, [the first autopsy] was probably done very well. We can still run more tests, but the toxicology results are compromised because they replace blood with embalming fluids. It changes the chemistry."

"During an autopsy, everything is sliced and diced ... and everything mixes together. Even a second autopsy is significantly compromised."

Police and DEA agents continue to investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael's personal physician, and his role in Jackson's untimely demise.

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The late Michael Jackson had a contentious relationship with his father, who he said abused him mentally and physically. The dude is also kind of insane, so it stands to reason that people don't want him near Michael's children.

Well, he won't be. Much, anyway.

A declaration from Joe Jackson, filed in court this week, makes clear that the family patriarch supports Michael Jackson's decision to make his wife Katherine the legal guardian of his three kids, and that he will keep his distance.

Joe says in the declaration: "I have had a close family relationship with the grandchildren since their birth. I do visit the family residence from time to time and will continue to do so, however I will not be involved in raising the children."

Joe and Michael Jackson in 2005. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

Joe continues, "I understand that all decision-making authority regarding the children will rest with Katherine Jackson. Katherine is a wonderful caretaker and guardian, and has done an excellent job raising our children and other grandchildren."

Katherine Jackson was awarded full custody of Paris, Prince and Blanket at this week's hearing, as stipulated in Michael Jackson's last will, signed in 2002.

Joe seems more or less cool with that, even if he wants to stop by from time to time. He had no further comment on whether Omer Bhatti is Michael's son.

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Columbia Pictures has purchased the rights to Michael Jackson's final days - as in the King of Pop's 2009 rehearsal footage - for $60 million, according to reports.

Concert promoter AEG Live agreed to sell the footage for a feature-length film. A judge still needs to sign off on the transaction before any film can be made.

The plan is for Columbia to craft a PG-rated, feature-length film revolving around Michael's preparations for what was supposed to be a 50-show comeback.

The $60 million encompasses merchandising rights, product tie-ins, a special director's cut, etc. AEG has said that more than 100 hours of footage exists.

The movie is allowed to be no longer than 150 minutes.

Announcing the Tour

Michael Jackson announcing what would have been his comeback tour.

Jackson's will executors, John McClain and John Branca, spoke about what they called "significant value" in hammering out various deals to enrich Jackson's estate and beneficiaries in the wake of his passing and the worldwide interest in him.

Of course, that's assuming there will be a demand for such a film - and that Michael's mother Katherine Jackson, who has signed a confidentiality agreement allowing her access to the estate's future business dealings, has no objections.

Why would she? Not only does the contract dictate that the film must show Jackson in a positive light, but 90 percent of the profit will go to her son's estate.

The singer's estate will be divided between Katherine, Jackson's three children (two of whom Dr. Arnold Klein may have fathered) and various charities.

Sounds like the green light will be granted to us.

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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.

  • A Michael Jackson Christmas
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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.

Do you think Arnold Klein is the children's biological father?

 

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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.

A Debbie Rowe Picture

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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Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, spoke for the first time about her son's death last night on Fox News, calling in to speak to Geraldo Rivera.

Asked how she feels about Dr. Conrad Murray and his role, she said: "All I know is that my son is dead and I don't think he just died of natural causes."

Well, yeah.

"He's too young for that. Something happened, I don't know what."

Katherine Jackson also denied her husband, Joe, is banned from their Encino home and said that Michael's children Prince, Paris and Blanket, who she currently has custody of as instructed by the late star's last will, are all "doing fine."

Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of the elder two, will have visitation with the children, but did not ask for custody and will receive no compensation.

Listen to Katherine Jackson's interview with Geraldo below ...

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As investigators try to piece together the relationship between Dr. Conrad Murray and other medical professionals in the death of an icon, the L.A. County coroner's office indefinitely delayed the release of Michael Jackson's autopsy results.

A meeting between officials from the D.A.'s office, the LAPD and the coroner's office to discuss progress in the case resulted in Chief Ed Winter of the coroner's office saying ... he could not say when the cause of death would be announced.

"I have no idea," Winter said.

A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation said the coroner's staff asked for a delay but that there are no disagreements in theprobe over the interpretation of evidence, including toxicology tests, or the direction of the inquiry.

Law enforcement officials initially said the toxicology results, which are expected to make clear what killed Michael Jackson, would be made public this week.

The delay comes as investigators hunt for evidence of communication between Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, and other health practitioners.

Smiling Michael Jackson

Warrants for searches conducted this week on Murray's Las Vegas properties authorized federal drug agents and LAPD detectives to seize e-mails, letters and notes between the cardiologist, Jackson and Beverly Hills dermatologist Arnold Klein.

Also seized was correspondence with:

  • Hollywood rheumatologist Allan Metzger
  • Los Angeles nurse Cherilyn Lee
  • Las Vegas dentist Mark Tadrissi
  • Beverly Hills anesthesiologist Randy Rosen
  • NYC ear-nose-and-throat specialist David Slavit

Jackson was a past patient of Rosen. Arnold Klein, Metzger and Lee bad been treating Jackson at the time of his death. Lee has said Jackson's asked her in April for Propofol, the potent anesthetic law enforcement sources said was found in his home.

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Michael Jackson Biography

Michael Jackson mug shot Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
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Michael Joseph Jackson
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