Debbie Rowe Threatens Legal Action over Child-Custody Emails

07/15/2009 at 01:35 PM EDT

Debbie Rowe Threatens Legal Action over Child-Custody Emails
Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe
Danny Moloshok/AP; AP
Debbie Rowe is firing back at a friend who released emails purportedly showing Rowe with deep misgivings about asserting her custody rights for Michael Jackson's two oldest children.

In one of the emails, provided to Extra, Rowe is quoted as telling Rebecca White on July 5: "Do I want the kids? Hell no. Does it look good for me to ask for them? Absolutely. I don't want to look like the woman who gave away her kids and just forgot about them."

Rowe's attorney said in a statement: "Our firm has sent Ms. White a letter disputing the truth of her statements and demanding that she make retraction in order to avoid legal action."

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.)

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