Are people daft? Sometimes I think so. Witness the story of Omer Bhatti, the faker who wants to be Michael Jackson’s son.

When Omer was 12, his biological parents Riz and Piz Bhatti took him from Oslo to Tunis, dressed him up like Michael Jackson, and had him moonwalk in the lobby of a hotel. This was in 1996. There are plenty of witnesses.

Jackson’s tour crew saw this spectacle and thought Jackson, who no longer traveled with 13-year-old Jordan Chandler, would get a kick out of it. He did. He literally kept Omer, and retained his parents. They spent the rest of Jackson’s tour with him. When they returned to Neverland, Riz became a chauffeur. Pia was the original nanny for Prince Michael I. Omer became Michael’s ward.

In 2005, when Jackson was on trial for child molestation, at least two people who’d known him a short time, told me that Jackson told them Omer was his son. It was a lie. But Jackson needed a reason to explain why this boy was living in his house.

During Jackson’s arrest on November 18, 2003, the police found 20-year-old Omer at Neverland. Even Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon, who was obsessed with Jackson, didn’t bother to ask who he was or what he was doing there.They didn’t even know that earlier in the summer of 2003, Omer had been arrested in Oslo for possession of marijuana.

Clearly, Riz and Pia Bhatti had had a plan way back in 1996, and it worked. Now they don’t seem to care that Omer is claiming to be Michael’s biological son. It’s good for business. In Oslo, for years, Omer has done his Jackson-imitation act.

The British press loves the story, even though they know it’s not true. Today they’re “reporting” that Omer will star in a Jackson biopic. They say Michael’s family — meaning Joe Jackson– has approved it. Michael’s executors have not. This should be good when the estate has a trial in November, since the Jackson family cannot think of enough ways to exploit Michael. Joe Jackson tells reporters that he thinks Omer is Michael’s son. Again: are people daft or what?

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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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