Debbie-Rowe-lawsuitIt’s inadvertent wording’or is it?

In the defamation lawsuit filed on July 16th in Los Angeles by Debbie Rowe against Rebecca White, you can read between the lines and see something that may be very revealing.

Rowe sued White for defamation after the TV show “Extra” let White say she had emails from Rowe saying she didn’t want custody of her kids with Michael Jackson.

The lawsuit was mentioned by websites like But for the first time, no one bothered to publish the actual papers. Not only do they show Rowe as allegedly victimized by a prevaricator, they also shine a light on the paternity of Prince Michael I and Paris Katherine Jackson.

At the beginning of the complaint, there is this summary for the judge: “Ms. Rowe is the mother of two children born during her marriage (dissolved 2000) to the internationally renowned performer Michael Joseph Jackson.”

Very oddly, and perhaps importantly, Rowe’s attorney does not cite Michael Jackson as the childrens’ father. Rowe is the mother of children “born during her marriage.” Indeed, the word “father” does not appear at all in the 15-page document.

Lawyers are usually very specific about wording in any cases, especially high-profile ones. What Rowe’s complaint does not say: Debbie and Jackson were the parents of these children. This would certainly seem to suggest that Jackson was not the father of these children.

Something similar popped up legally back in April 2005 during Jackson’s criminal trial. Attorney Robert Sanger was arguing in front of Judge Rodney Melville (with the jury out of the room). I wrote about this then, but it’s important to remember that Sanger said on the record that certain evidence would be admitted’quote’”The circumstances that relate to the birth of the children wouldn’t be admitted for the truth of the matter. Only his love of the children.”

The fact that Michael Jackson was not the biological father of Debbie Rowe’s children: It’s there, in legal documents, hiding in plain sight.

Meanwhile, it’s instructive to note that White, the alleged defamer here, is also accused by Rowe’s attorneys of making up stories about Naomi Campbell and the late Heath Ledger for profit. The complaint also claims that White asked Rowe for money, and, most importantly, that she fabricated the emails upon which “Extra” based its story.

And the last bit is the most disturbing: didn’t “Extra” check the validity of White’s claims? Didn’t they verify that the emails existed, and that they came from Rowe? Didn’t they learn anything from Dan Rather’s infamous memo misfortune?

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. I enjoy your Honesty with your post. But I wanted to make one thing clear, Prince Michael I Has vitiligo just like Michael. Which can only be passed down through genetics. So we Know for a fact he was the Biological father of his two sons. Though it’s possible(Mariah Carey,Vin Diesel) for Paris can be also, but It’s on the fence.

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