Jacko Sources: Pal Not Paris' Dad

Plus, Michael finally buried, and more
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2009 8:53 AM CDT
In this handout photo provided by AEG, Michael Jackson rehearses at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Kevin Mazur, AEG/Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Mark Lester’s words were “twisted around,” his friends tell People, and though he did donate sperm to Michael Jackson, “he’s not claiming to be the father of Paris Jackson.” Or at least not this morning. All such stories circulating the tabloids are “just merely claims with no legal standing whatsoever,” the Jackson family attorney adds. More Jackson news:

  • The King of Pop was finally buried at Forest Lawn, the Mirror reports. There was no ceremony and the Jacksons will not release the exact location of his grave.
  • Also from the Mirror: Jackson biographer Ian Halperin says the singer spent his final 12 hours alive writing poetry, “high as a kite,” and asking for his father. “If Joe Jackson had seen him that night, I believe Michael would still be alive,” Halperin says.
  • A tribute concert featuring a “high-profile lineup of international stars” is being planned in Vienna, TMZ reports. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 20.