MICHAEL JACKSON’s skin doctor is refusing to take a DNA test to establish if he fathered the star’s two oldest kids, admitting he’s “well aware” he could be the dad.
Dr. Arnold Klein fuelled rumours he’s the biological father of Prince,12, and Paris, 11, when he appeared on TV in the aftermath of Jackson’s 25 June (09) death, and claimed he wasn’t their dad “to the best of my knowledge”.
Klein further muddied the parenting puzzle when he turned up unannounced at a guardianship hearing, where Jacko’s mother Katherine was awarded custody of the kids.
Now, after weeks of avoiding the issue, the dermatologist has admitted he could well be the father, but has no interest in finding out for sure.
Klein’s lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan tells UsMagazine.com, “There was a possibility that the two older kids could be biologically linked to Dr. Klein.”
Explaining his appearance at the custody hearing, the attorney reveals, “Dr. Klein wanted to assert a request that he had concerns. He had an agreement with Michael Jackson that if anything happened to Michael Jackson… Dr. Klein would do what he could to see that they were protected.”
The lawyer reveals his client is refusing to undergo a DNA test, insisting Jackson was their true father, and he has no interest in challenging the court’s decision to grant Katherine Jackson custody.
Kaplan adds, “It would serve no helpful purpose for the children to be distracted from believing Michael Jackson is not the father in every possibility… It is not something Dr. Klein feels he is interested to establish.
“It would serve no purpose other than creating distraction or noise. It is not going to help the children, other than to solve the answered question, which is a selfish motive to see who the ultimate provider of the 13 chromosomes (is).”
Prince and Paris’ mother is Klein’s former assistant, Debbie Rowe. Jackson’s youngest child, Prince Michael II, was born to an unknown surrogate.
Klein isn’t the only person to come forward with suggestions he may be the biological father of Jackson’s daughter Paris – the singer’s actor pal Mark Lester has also revealed he donated sperm to the King of Pop before Rowe fell pregnant with the girl. Lester maintains his own 15-year-old daughter bears a striking resemblance to Paris.