Aug 11, 2009
MJ being Paris’ dad odds drop
LONDON – THE odds on Michael Jackson being proven the biological father of his daughter Paris have plummeted since former child acting star Mark Lester said he donated sperm, a bookmaker reported on Monday.
Former US president Bill Clinton is among long-shots being bet on, according to Paddy Power which said the odds on Jackson had tumbled from 1-10 to 1-2 since Lester claimed on Sunday that he donated sperm to the ‘king of pop’.
Lester, star of the 1968 film version of the West End musical Oliver!, said he thought he could be the father of 11-year-old Paris.
Lester now is the second-favourite at 6-4, up from 12-1. Paddy Power – Ireland’s biggest bookmaker, with extensive operations in Britain as well – said the odds had gone up after a flurry of bets.
Jackson’s former dermatologist Arnold Klein is at 5-1 and the late singer’s magician friend Uri Geller is 50-1. Lester’s fellow child acting hero Macaulay Culkin is 66-1.
More remote possibilities quoted included Clinton at 200-1 and Jackson’s old pet chimpanzee Bubbles at 500-1.
‘Michael himself remains favourite to be Paris’s rightful dad but everybody with an emotional or financial interest seems to be laying claims of responsibility,’ Paddy Power said.
‘The whole affair is beyond doubt one of the biggest who-done-her stories of recent times and perhaps only (Paris’s mother) Debbie Rowe knows the answer.’ Lester told the News of the World newspaper that Jackson first confided in him in 1996 that he was desperate to be a father. Both were then aged 37.
A sperm donation was arranged in London, eight months after which Jackson announced he had married nurse Rowe and three months later the couple revealed the birth of their first child, Prince.
Paris was born just over a year later, in April 1998.
Jackson died on June 25 aged 50. — AFP