Debbie Rowe never said “Hell no” to raising her two kids with Michael Jackson, a defamation lawsuit filed Thursday states.
In the papers, Rowe sues Rebecca White, who allegedly claimed she is a “close friend” of Rowe’s, for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Jackson’s ex-wife alleges that White fabricated emails and other communications allegedly sent to her by Rowe. Furthermore, Rowe, 50, claims that White, who shared purported e-mails authored by Rowe with Extra TV, is a fraud who concocted the “bogus” communications for financial gain. The lawsuit specifically denies the veracity of a purported July 5 e-mail that quotes Rowe, saying: “Do I want the kids? Hell no. Does it look good for me to ask for them? Absolutely.” Rowe never sent the message, Jacko’s ex-wife contends in her lawsuit.
“The statements attributed by Ms. White to Ms. Rowe in said e-mails were fabricated by Ms. White and are false,” the lawsuit states. “In fact, Ms. Rowe did not send any e-mails to Ms. White at any time after Mr. Jackson’s death on June 25. The suit claims White has a history of manufacturing lies about celebs including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Heath Ledger.
The court papers further allege that Rowe never sent White a second email three days later stating: “My lawyer is telling me I have to take some responsibility about the welfare of the children. … Do I want the kids? Hell no. Does it look good for me to ask for them? Absolutely. I don’t want to look like the woman who gave away her kids and just forgot about them. Would Michael want Joe [Jackson] to have them? I think it would be the last thing that he would ever have wanted.”
The papers state that Rowe and White have exchanged emails, “but none discussing Mr. Jackson, his family, or Ms. Rowe’s children. There are also no emails between the parties since Mr. Jackson’s death (with the exception of two sent by Ms. White, to which Ms. Rowe did not respond, and in fact, one of which was not even opened until July 14, 2009, when Ms. White’s interview first came to light).”
The emails in question surfaced earlier this week after reports that Debbie Rowe planned a custody bid of her children came to light.
The explosive e-mails said, “I’m not going after custody. These kids are not mine. They never were mine. They were always Michael’s. I was Michael’s best friend.” Three days later, Rowe went on to say, “My lawyer is telling me I have to take some responsibility about the welfare of the children. Do I want the kids? Hell no. Does it look good for me to ask for them? Absolutely. I don’t want to look like the woman who gave away her kids and just forgot about them. Would Michael want [his dad] Joe to have them? I think it would be the last thing that he would ever have wanted.”
White described herself as a confidante of Rowe’s and said she believed that her friend has at times publicly insisted she wants custody of Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11, for one main reason. “The motivation is money,” White said. “I really have to be honest . . . If the children aren’t the ones she wants, what else will she gain from it?”
White also said Rowe had worked out a “secret deal” with Jackson’s family. “In one text message, she had just said, ‘Just wait until the 14th. Everything will be done after the 14th,’ “White said.”There’s definitely going to be a secret deal. There’s definitely going to be a settlement that’s going to come out of this.” A close family friend said Rowe was getting about $4 million in exchange for giving up her parental rights.
Rowe’s lawyer, Eric George, issued a statement denying that “an agreement had been reached” or that his client was giving up her parental rights. He added, “Ms. Rowe has not accepted — and will not accept — any additional financial consideration beyond the spousal support she and Michael Jackson personally agreed to several years ago.”
Rowe, who met Jackson while she was working as a nurse for his dermatologist Arnold Klein, gave birth to Prince Michael I and Paris Michael during their two-year marriage. After their divorce, Rowe agreed to let Jackson raise the children after receiving an estimated $900,000 annual payment and a $5million home. However, when Jackson was arrested on charges of child molestation in 2004, an LA judge reinstated her parental rights. The Thriller singer named his mother, Katherine, as guardian of the two children, and his youngest child Prince Michael II, aka Blanket (whose mother is unknown) in his will. He purported that Diana Ross, 65, should have custody of the three kids if anything happened to Katherine.