Katherine Jackson and Debbie Rowe
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Debbie Rowe, the mother of Michael Jackson's two oldest children, is keeping her parental rights, says her attorney in denying a report that Rowe reached a $4 million custody deal with the entertainer's family.
"There has been no agreement reached between Ms. Rowe and the Jacksons," lawyer Eric George says in an open letter to the New York Post
. "Ms. Rowe has not and will not give up her parental rights. No determination has been reached concerning custody or visitation. And Ms. Rowe has not accepted and will not accept any additional financial consideration beyond the spousal support she and Michael personally agreed to several years ago."
George demanded an "immediate retraction" to the Post
's anonymously sourced story Tuesday that said Jackson's "baby mama" had "sold her kids again" by "squeezing about $4 million from her former mother-in-law" in exchange for relinquishing her parental rights.
Col Allan, editor in chief of the Post
, says: "The Post
stands by its story."
Rowe plans to attend a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing
on July 20 for temporary guardianship of the children, Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11, who have been staying with their grandmother Katherine Jackson at the family's Encino home. (Jackson's youngest child, Blanket (Prince Michael II), 7, was born from an unidentified surrogate.)
Katherine was named guardian in Jackson's will, and is petitioning the court to keep the children with her.