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British actor vows to prove Michael Jackson's children are his

Former child star Mark Lester has vowed to prove he is the real father of Michael Jackson's three children.

Lester, 54, told the Sunday People that he is willing to undergo DNA testing, with the permission of Prince Michael, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11.

A longtime friend of the late singer, Lester, who is the children's godfather, said he donated his sperm on Jackson's request in around 1996, but the pair never spoke of it again.

Former child star Mark Lester has vowed to prove he is the real father of Michael Jackson's three children. Credit: PA

“He was a great dad to them, brought them up and was brilliant with the kids so I just didn't go there but there is obviously a good possibility [that I could be the biological father].

“I wouldn’t have a DNA test without the children’s permission but when the children come of age, and it’s not far away, and they decide they want me to do it then I will. It is up to them.

Lester played the title role in 1968 film Oliver! and met Jackson in 1978 when they were both 20.

Michael Jackson family accuses promoter of negligence

Relatives of the late singer Michael Jackson are taking the promoter of his ill-fated comeback tour to court in a £27 billion lawsuit.

They accuse AEG Live of the "negligent hiring" of Dr Conrad Murray - the doctor who is now serving a prison sentence for the involuntary manslaughter of the singer.

ITV News reporter Ben Chapman has the story:

Jackson lawyers to argue AEG was criminally negligent

The civil trial against concert giant AEG will examine if it was criminally negligent in its hiring and supervision of the doctor who was found guilty of Michael Jackson's involuntary manslaughter in 2011.

Lawyers for Jackson's mother Katherine will claim that AEG controlled Dr Conrad Murray's actions and failed to properly investigate the doctor before agreeing to pay him to work as Jackson's personal doctor.

Michael Jackson with his mother Katherine Jackson Credit: Reuters

The promoter denies any wrongdoing and their attorney has said Murray was not employed by the promoter and in no way could they have foreseen that Murray was a danger to Jackson.

Jackson family's £27bn lawsuit against promoter AEG

A £27 billion lawsuit against tour promoter AEG brought by Michael Jackson's family will begin with jury selection today.

Jackson's mother, Katherine claims that AEG negligently hired Jackson's former doctor, Conrad Murray who has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death.

Michael Jackson at a news conference to announce the This Is It tour in 2009 Credit: Reuters

The promoter had been working on a series of Jackson comeback concerts as part of the This Is It tour in 2009 which involved a 50 date residency at London's 02 arena.

In June 2009, Jackson died at his Los Angeles home from a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol, administered by Murray.

The promoter denies any wrongdoing or responsibility for Murray's decision-making.


Jackson brother changes his name to Jermaine Jacksun

Jermaine Jackson unofficially adopted the name Mohammad Abdul Aziz after converting to Islam in 1989. Credit: Charriau Jeremy/ABACA

Michael Jackson's pop star brother Jermaine Jackson no longer shares the family title after he changed his name to Jermaine Jacksun for "artistic reasons".

The Jackson 5 member was not in court in Los Angeles to see his petition become official on Wednesday as he is touring in Europe with his surviving brothers Jackie, Marlon and Tito.

"If Prince and P Diddy can do it, why can't and shouldn't Jermaine?" Jacksun's attorney, Bret D. Lewis, said when the petition originally was filed in November.

Report: Michael Jackson's father suffers mild stroke

Joe Jackson (back centre), seen attending a memorial service for his superstar son in 2009. Credit: Mario Anzuoni/PA Archive

Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, is recovering in hospital after suffering a mild stroke, a family friend has told Reuters.

"He was doing well and says he's feeling OK," Brian Oxman, a one-time attorney to Mr Jackson's pop superstar son, said. "He was talking fine. He sounded excellent to me."

The 83-year-old Jackson, who has a history of strokes, was admitted to the Las Vegas hospital after experiencing weakness while walking in a park near his home.

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