Yesterday Michael Jackson's good friend Mark Lester made headlines when he claimed he could possibly be Paris Jackson's biological father. But now we're hearing that his words were "taken out of context."
Lester is godfather to 11-year-old Paris and Michael's two sons, Prince Michael, 12, and seven-year-old Prince Michael II, aka Blanket. He claimed that Michael once asked him to be a sperm donor, and because of that request, he's convinced that he could be Paris' father. But now that the story made international news, he's changing it up a bit.
"They twisted his words around. He's not claiming to be the father of Paris Jackson," one close family source tells People magazine.
"He has known Michael for many years and his children play with Michael's children," says longtime Jackson family associate and past lawyer Brian Oxman. But in all the years he has known Lester, Oxman says Lester never indicated he was Paris's father.
But Lester was singing a different tune over the weekend. He claimed that he donated sperm to Michael as a "gift" because Michael was desperate to have children.
He said, "It's been a secret for so long. In 1996 Michael asked me if I would give him my sperm and I said yes. It was a gift to him, no money was paid, it was something I was honored to do. He wanted children so badly."
He added, "Even if it's proven Paris is biologically mine I wouldn't see her as anything other than Michael's daughter. He raised her. Michael was a brilliant dad. Those kids are Michael's children. He was their father. End of story. But I just want to make sure they're happy."
However Katherine Jackson's lawyer, Londell McMillan, has blasted Lester's claims, saying, "These genetic lottery attempts aren't going anywhere. They have no legal standing. They may seek five seconds of fame but the claims have no merit."
The drama surrounding Michael's life is never ending. How can a direct quote from Lester claiming to be Paris' father be "taken out of context?" Sounds sketchy to us! Who do you believe?