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Paris Jackson's Godfather Just Wants to Give Her a Hug

Originally posted 06/26/2013 12:55PM

Watching from afar in the U.K., Paris Jackson's godfather says he believes she's "doing okay" following her suicide attempt earlier this month – but that he'd love to console her in person.

"Michael made me their godfather, and as a godfather, I do have a responsibility," Mark Lester, the former child star who played the title role in the 1968 film Oliver!, tells British TV show Lorraine of Paris, 15, and her brothers Prince, who is testifying Wednesday in the negligence case against AEG Live LLC, and Blanket.

"I would love to go and just pick them up and give them a big hug, and then we all go and have fish and chips … just be normal, hang out."

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Mark Lester Presents His Case for Paris's Paternity

Originally posted 08/21/2009 08:35AM

As he sang falsetto in the Oscar-winning 1968 Best Picture musical Oliver!, "Where Is Love?" former child actor Mark Lester, in this case, has to face the tune of "Where Is the DNA Test?"

Lester, who lays claim to being the godfather of Michael Jackson's three children as well as the sperm donor in the conception of Paris Jackson, 11 – further presented his case – while simultaneously backtracking – on Friday morning's Today show.

On the question of whether or not he is Paris Jackson's biological father, Lester said he had "no idea, and even if I was, it would make absolutely no difference to the status quo of the family."

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