MJ's Credit Score: Pretty Crappy

Plus: DNA tests and sperm samples and paternity questions, oh my!
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2009 9:03 AM CDT
This July 7, 2009 file photo shows Paris Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II and Prince Michael Jackson I during the memorial service for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File)
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(Newser) – If Michael Jackson hadn’t been the King of Pop, he probably would have had trouble getting a loan. His average credit score was a “very low” 563.67, TMZ reports—the average Californian’s is 672. Collections and delinquent accounts contributed to the score, and Barneys even shut down his credit line after he spent more than $224,000 in one billing cycle. More on MJ:

  • A mere three homicide detectives are on the Jackson case, a source tells the Sun. “This is one of the reasons the investigation is ongoing,” the source says.
  • Concerns over fortune seekers using Jackson’s DNA to create a new heir—yes, really—are leading his family to send a sperm sample to a secure UK site, the Mirror reports. In what is perhaps the understatement of the year, the source says, “It might sound crazy but when it comes to Michael anything is possible.”
  • Speaking of DNA, Dr. Arnold Klein will not take a paternity test to prove he’s the father of Michael’s two eldest children, even though there is a “possibility” he is, his attorney tells Us.