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Jackson 'secret love child' claims

Michael Jackson is at the centre of claims he fathered a secret love child 31 years ago.

Singer Brandon Howard has been likened to the late King of Pop and now a DNA test has reportedly shown that Jackson was likely to be his dad.

According to reports, tests revealed a 99.9 per cent match.

Jackson's DNA was apparently taken from an old dental imprint which a US dental surgeon purchased at auction. The dentist revealed the results at a press conference streamed by FilmOn.com.

However, E! News reported that Brandon - the son of singer Miki "Billy" Howard, who knew Jackson in the early 1980s - has distanced himself from the story, despite consenting to the test.

Before the results were revealed he said in a video on Facebook: "It seems a lot of people are speaking on my behalf, so I'm going to keep this short and simple. One, I did not call TMZ, I didn't put out a story, nothing. Two, I never proclaimed to be his son. Three, I am definitely not suing the estate. I have been taken care of very well and also I make my own cash. Four, It's true I had a DNA test, but this had nothing to do with any of this, I swear on my life.

"I'm done, wherever you guys go from here, that's what it is and whatever the DNA results come out to be, the results, it is what it is. This is coming from me personally, so spread it around and make sure everybody knows this is me, OK, me, alright? So thank you for listening and talk to you soon."

Brandon has also been quoted as saying he did not authorise the testing of his DNA to be compared to Jackson's, but that he was asked to give a sample for part of a documentary with FilmOn.

He added: "To this day, I have never claimed to be Michael Jackson's son nor do I have any intention of pursuing the family's estate."

Singer Augie Johnson has caused more confusion as he has now come forward to declare that he is Brandon's father.

Augie, who was in a long-term relationship with Brandon's mother, told MailOnline: "I KNOW Brandon's my son - I was there in the delivery room, I have the pictures of him being born. I got the records, I got everything. Before me, Miki wasn't with anyone else - she didn't even know Michael at that time. But you know what - I love my son and he can do whatever he likes. I'm not tripping on this - I want Brandon to have a successful career."

Jackson estate lawyer Howard Weitzman also cast doubt on the results.

He said: "We've never even heard from him. Any deadline for claiming to be Michael's child has long since passed."

Michael Jackson, who died in June 2009 from a fatal dose of Propofol, had three children - Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket.

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