Even Debbie Rowe wrote off custody of Michael Jackson's children to Katherine Jackson last week, leading us to believe that the cloud of drama had passed in the fight for Prince, 12, Paris, 11 and Blanket, 7.
However, according to E! and MSNBC, an unexpected party raised a last-minute objection at yesterday's official custody hearing in front of Judge Mitchell Beckloff. Michael's dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, stated that he is not completely comfortable with the arrangement that puts the three children in the care of their grandmother. His concerns are being referred to as "nonspecific," but he questions the Jacksons' plans for their education and other every day parenting matters.
Why does Arnold Klein care? He has (mostly) refuted inquiries into whether he is the biological father of Michael's children, saying he's not their father "to the best of my knowledge." But he claims this custody argument is not based on whether or not he's their real dad—he wants to make sure the children are cared for according to Michael's wishes. He stated in court that he's "acting on promises he made to Michael with respect to ensuring the long-term health and stability of the children and their ability to enjoy as normal of a life out of the spotlight as could be reasonably possible."
Judge Beckloff didn't seem to want to hear it. The judge told Klein that as he's not a parent or legal guardian of the children, he had no standing to file a challenge. He said the earliest a challenge can be filed is September 1, and Klein's lawyers have said they will pursue that.
Of course Michael's money may be another goal for Klein, but MSNBC reports that all the money is in a private trust out of which Katherine will receive 40 percent, the children will receive 40 percent, and 20 percent will go to various charities. Meanwhile Klein's lawyers have said that Klein is only acting out of his "special relationship with Paris Katherine and Prince Michael" and that he wishes to continue sharing holidays and special events with them as they grow up.
Just when there seems to be a conclusion, the whole thing takes another weird turn...
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