Despite myriad reports to the contrary - and quoting figures ranging from $3 million to $100 million - Michael Jackson's former wife Debbie Rowe isn't seeking a payout from the deceased superstar's family, her attorney says.
Eric George refuted an article in the New York Post that quoted an anonymous source who said that Katherine Jackson paid Debbie Rowe $4 million to solidify a custody agreement in which Rowe would basically back off for good.
George's letter states unequivocally that:
- Nagreement - legal or financial - exists between Jackson and Rowe
- Debbie Rowe has not relinquished her parental rights with the kids
- The two women have not negotiated any new custody agreement
"It would be easier to identify those few background facts that are accurate than to catalog the number of blatant falsehoods in your story," the letter reads.
Rowe gave birth to Michael Jackson's two elder children, Prince Michael and Paris Jackson, 12 and 11. Blanket, 7, was born to an unnamed surrogate.
Debbie Rowe is not at all pleased with celebrity gossip photographers. Or reports that erroneously say she is out to bilk Michael Jackson's estate. [Photo: Fame Pictures]
Sources close to the case say that instead of a huge payout, all Debbie Rowe wants is assurance that the Jackson family will honor the deal she had with Michael.
Rowe and Jackson struck an agreement in which she was paid a large sum over a period of years after carrying the two children and then divorcing the star.
The agreement stays in effect after hiss death, but Rowe wants assurance the family will abide by the terms. Most likely, the negotiations between the parties center on that pact and whether the family will continue to honor it. Simple as that.
Sources say talks do not involve anything beyond what Rowe would receive under the existing agreement and she will not fight for custody.