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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger
While the controversy over a disputed paternity test that claims singer Brandon Howard is the son of pop icon Michael Jackson continues, Howard’s mother, singer Miki Howard, issued a clarifying statement that only further confused the issue.
While the controversy is all the rage in the blogsphere of recent weeks, few credible facts have emerged. When Howard’s mother, fellow singer Miki Howard issued a statement to Eurweb.com, it was hoped she would set the record straight. It didn’t.
Howard stated, “I love and support my son and the Jackson family. The Jacksons are good very friends. They are beautiful people and have always been loving and supportive of me and my career. As to this claim – at this time I am not at liberty to discuss this as it is common practice in our business that celebrities have non-disclosure agreements. And, we are NOT suing anyone.”
For his part Brandon Howard said he did not authorize the paternity test and has no interest in the controversy.
FilmOn.com owner Akil David released last week the results from Howard’s DNA stating there is a 99.9 percent chance that Howard is Jackson’s son.
David told TMZ that he obtained Jackson’s dental impression from a Beverly Hills doctor at an auction and that it is filled with the late singer’s DNA. Howard claims he never authorized the test for this reason. In his statement he wrote, “To this day, I have never claimed to be Michael Jackson’s son nor do I have any intention of pursuing the family’s estate.”
Howard said he provided a DNA swab as part of a documentary for David, but didn’t know the filmmaker intended to pursue a paternity test. Howard’s father, musician Augie Johnson said there is no truth to claim that Jackson is his son’s biological father.
As for Howard’s mother Miki, she used the opportunity to launch a topic of her own, harking back to the popular single by Jackson, “Billie Jean.”
“By the way…I am NOT ‘Billie Jean!” Howard wrote to Eurweb.com at the end of her statement. “I am NOT ‘Billie Jean!’” Hmm, you think maybe that’s a clue to the bigger question?”
Maybe, or maybe not.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com