Oliver! star says he could be father of Paris Jackson

Monday August 10, 2009

Michael Jackson's close friend Mark Lester has said there's a possibility he could be the father of the late singer's 11-year-old daughter Paris.  

The former child star of Oliver! said he made a secret sperm donation to Michael in 1996, so the Thriller singer could fulfil his dream of becoming a dad.  

Mark, 51, has pointed to the physical similarities between Paris and his four children, and has said he is willing to take a paternity test to straighten things out.  

However, Michael's family maintain that the late star is the biological father of all the children. "You can look at the kids and tell that they're Michael's," says Jermaine Jackson.  

"People say things just to get attention, but those are definitely Michael's children."  

Legal experts say any paternity claims will have little effect on custody since Michael raised the youngsters and his name appears on the birth certificates for Prince Michael and Paris.

Michael's mum Katherine Jackson was granted permanent custody during a court hearing last week.

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