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An attorney for Deborah Rowe, who bore two of Michael Jackson's children, sternly denied a published report today that his client has agreed to give up any parental rights to the children in exchange for $4 million.
"Completely false," attorney Eric George wrote in an e-mail responding to the report in the New York Post.
The newspaper quoted an unnamed "disgusted Jackson confidant" as saying that Rowe was in line for "one final payday."
The source told the paper that the Jackson family isn't happy about the mega-payout--which was set to be sealed in Los Angeles Monday afternoon--but they consider it a necessary evil.
"They felt it was like a ransom-type thing," as Rowe "jumped back into the picture because she wanted money," according to The Post's source.
The report was not immediately confirmed.
Rowe, who bore a boy and girl for Jackson, has forfeited her parental rights in the past.
After the birth of son Prince Michael, now 12, and daughter Paris, 11, she agreed to allow Jackson to raise them in exchange for a lump sum of $8 million, plus $900,000 annually for five years, according to the Post's source.
When Jackson was accused in 2001 of child molestation involving a child who was not his, Rowe resurfaced to reclaim her rights but wound up giving her ex-husband full custody of the kids in exchange for another $4 million plus a $900,000 home, according to The Post.
This time around, she is forfeiting her restored parental rights to Jackson's mother, 79-year-old Katherine, in exchange for yet another roughly $4 million, the family source said, according to The Post.
A court has given Katherine Jackson custody of Jackson's three children. Another hearing on the issue is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles Monday.
Meanwhile, attorneys for the executors of Jackson's estate filed updated court papers Monday claiming that Katherine Jackson was still angling to have some control over the handling of her son's assets. The attorneys contended in the court papers that the singer's mother was essentially trying to act as a third trustee of the estate, despite a judge's ruling last week appointing entertainment attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain executors of Michael Jackson's estate, as Jackson requested in a 2002 will.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff issued an order Monday re-confirming Branca and McClain as the estate's executors, authorizing them to take control of the singer's assets and hire attorneys and money managers to handle issues related to the estate.
Beckloff ruled last week that while Branca and McClain will be handling the estate, they should keep Katherine Jackson informed and be open to her input. But Branca and McClain have the final say over issues relating to the estate.