Michael Jackson’s former dermatologist doctor is planning to submit a shocking application for custody of the singer’s two eldest children, telling friends: “I’m their real dad.”
Dr Arnold Klein has told friends that HE wants to look after Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11. Openly gay Klein, at the centre of mounting speculation for the last two weeks that he fathered the pair through artificial insemination, is currently known by the children as “Uncle Arnie”. Klein, who has also treated Elizabeth Taylor and Cher, has a very close bond with Jackson’s children, with whom he was pictured spending last Christmas. Many have already pointed out at his physical resemblance to Prince Michael, when Klein was younger. But he is not claiming paternity of Jacko’s youngest seven-year-old child Prince Michael II – known as Blanket. No details of Blanket’s mother or biological father have ever emerged. Now the 64-year-old millionaire has told friends that he IS the biological father, he wants to bring them up.
A custody application filed with Los Angeles Superior Court in which Klein formally acknowledges he is Prince Michael and Paris’s father would be one of the most sensational developments yet in the entire Michael Jackson saga. Klein’s intervention could turn the pending custody deal between the children’s biological mother, Debbie Rowe, and Jackson’s mother Katherine into total chaos. A well-placed source, who is close friends with one of Klein’s inner circle, told the Sunday Mirror: “Arnie is planning to fight for custody of Prince Michael and Paris. He says he can prove he is their father with Debbie.” Klein has reportedly told close friends he DID father the children through artificial insemination with Debbie after a secret deal with Jackson.
Klein, who was Debbie Rowe’s boss when she married Michael, has never denied outright being the father of one or more of the Jackson children, but did admit only recently to being a sperm donor in the past. Asked about it on Larry King Live, he said he did not know whether he was Prince Michael or Paris’s father, adding that the children were the “brightest” and “most well-behaved” he had ever met.
The source said Jackson singled out Klein as a sperm-donor because of his fierce intelligence and high IQ. Klein currently lives alone in a 30-room LA mansion after splitting recently from his lover. An ex-boyfriend of Klein has claimed the doctor told him he fathered Jackson’s children because the Thriller singer was infertile. Paul Gohranson, who lived with Klein for four months in 2006, claimed: “He said he donated his sperm because [Jackson] didn’t have the ability to even donate sperm, he wasn’t producing it anymore.”
Jackson joined Klein’s roster of clients in 1983, with the doctor treating him for skin condition Vitiligo. The dermatologist prescribed the singer bleaching cream Benoquin in 1990 and famously had to reveal to a Grand Jury how Jackson had tried to bleach his private parts. They believe Jackson was over-dependent on smooth-talking Klein – who has admitted prescribing him the strong painkiller Demerol.
Meanwhile, a custody hearing held at LA’s superior court on Friday over the Jackson children was put back again until August 3. Katherine Jackson, 79, was awarded temporary custody of Prince Michael, Paris and the singer’s youngest child, son Blanket, after his death. She is applying to the court for full permanent custody of the three, but her lawyers are now in talks with representatives of Debbie, who wants some access to Prince Michael and Paris. Sources say Debbie, 50, would be happy for Katherine to raise the children as long as they did not have anything to do with Jackson’s controlling father Joe.