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Thursday 2 October 2014

Mark Lester's paternity claims rejected by Michael Jackson lawyer

Mark Lester
LONDON - MARCH 05: Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for a summer residency of concerts at the O2 Arena, Grenwich on March 5, 2009 in London, England.
Michael Jackson performing in London in 1993

Michael Jackson's family lawyer has rejected claims from child star Mark Lester that he could possibly be the biological father of the pop legend's daughter Paris.

Speaking on GMTV from Los Angeles, Brian Oxman said: “The thing I always heard from Michael was that Michael was the father of these children, and I believe Michael.”

Lester, who starred in 1960s musical Oliver! and is the godfather to Jackson's three young children, revealed yesterday that he donated sperm to the King of Pop 13 years ago.

The actor cited similarities between his own 15-year-old daughter Harriet and Paris (11), saying: “I gave Michael my sperm so that he could have kids — and I believe Paris is my daughter.”

Lester (51), also said he was willing to take a paternity test to determine the truth.

But Mr Oxman told GMTV: “Mark Lester is a friend of mine — he is a straight shooter.

“I think what Mark said is what he understands — he was told these things. That's what Michael wanted it to be.

“But Michael always told me he was the papa,” Mr Oxman added.

Mr Oxman said he also talked to Jackson's sister La Toya, and she also said the late singer was the real father of his children.

“I think that Michael was the dad, but Mark sure tells it straight,” he said.

“Mark is a man of his word... he was the godfather of these children.

“But I have to go with Michael because Michael told me he was the dad.”

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