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Report: Michael Jackson paternity claim a hoax

It has been almost five years since megastar Michael Jackson, known as the King of Pop, passed away. Although his rich selection of songs has endured, some controversy still lives on, as a man claims that not only were Jackson's songs left to the public, but also his son. However, a report has shot down the paternity claim, exposing it as a fake. False paternity claims can certainly affect famous figures as well as everyday people.

Many St. Charles, Missouri, residents likely listened to Jackson in their youth and are aware that the singer had three children. However, a DNA result presented by digital media entrepreneur Alki David claimed that Jackson was also the biological father to singer Brandon Howard.

The 45-year-old David even held a press conference to announce the proof that the 31-year-old Howard was indeed the pop icon's son. Howard was not present when David presented his so-called evidence. However, after Jackson's death, Howard, who has an uncanny resemblance to the pop star, claimed Jackson was his father. The man's family, though, renounced the claim.

David, heir to Coca-Cola Hellenic, said he obtained Jackson's DNA when he bought a dental impression auctioned off by Jackson's former dentist. The DNA testing for the impression came out negative in a Los Angeles lab, so David brought it to a DNA facility in Ireland. However, that second "testing" was determined to have been false.

Paternity is a serious issue. It is not only child support and custody that is on the line in a paternity case; a child's best interest is also at stake. A St. Charles, Missouri parent should be wary of fraudulent paternity claims and other underhanded practices. A family law professional's guidance can help distinguish paternity fraud and avoid such situations. A professional's advice can also be valuable during child custody disputes and in drafting a parenting plan.

Source: New York Daily News, "Michael Jackson paternity claim for Brandon Howard shown false: Report," Ginger Adams Otis, Mar. 7, 2014

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