Jackson’s plastic surgeon: To the best of my knowledge I am not the father

Michael Jackson’s longterm plastic surgeon, dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein, was on Good Morning America today. You can view a short clip of his interview on ABC’s website and Radar Online has more. Dr. Klein slurs his words and one side of his face droops down slightly. It looks like he suffered a stroke at one point. (That’s just an observation and is not meant to be judgmental. Some people may speculate that he’s on something but it looks to me like he had a stroke.)

Debbie Rowe, the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children, met Michael when she worked for Dr. Klein. When Diane Sawyer asks Klein if he’s the biological father of Rowe’s children with Michael, his answer is revealing although he tries not to reveal much. He doesn’t give an unequivocal “no,” but he says several times “To the best of my knowledge” he’s not the father. It sounds like he might add more to that, because he says “Push comes to shove,” but then quickly follows up with “I can’t say anything about it, but to the best of my knowledge I’m not the father of these children. I can’t answer it in any other way… I don’t want to feed any of this insanity that’s going on…

People should know the depth of [Michael’s] love for his children.”

US Weekly has photos of Dr. Klein with Michael and the children last Christmas Eve, and Klein confirms to Sawyer that he spent Christmas eve with the Jackson family. He says if he is the dad he’s unaware of it, but it sounds like he has his suspicions by the way he worded his response. US Weekly insists he’s the father of Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II, 12.

Klein also says he didn’t administer anesthesia to Jackson outside of an office setting, nor did he give him prescriptions for anesthesia drugs. He also sets the record straight about Jackson’s vitiligo and lupus, and about the extreme plastic surgery that completely changed his appearance:

On whether he’s the biological father of Paris and Prince Michael
“To the best of my knowledge, I am not the father of these children,” Dr. Arnold Klein told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in a “Good Morning America” exclusive. “I can’t answer it in any other way. I don’t want to feed any of this insanity that is going around.”

US Weekly reported in the days after Jackson’s death that Klein, not Jackson, is the biological father of Prince Michael I, now 12, and Paris-Michael Katherine, 11, Jackson’s children with ex-wife Debbie Rowe.

Rowe worked for Klein, and it was in Klein’s office that Jackson met the woman who would become first a friend, then his wife, then the mother of his two oldest children.

Klein spoke briefly about them with “GMA,” remembering one Christmas Eve he spent with Jackson at his home where he was charmed by the singer’s “brilliant” children.

“The kids were so very happy and so beautiful,” he said. “Every time they would pass their father they would say, ‘I love you Daddy.'”

On Jackson’s addictions to prescription drugs
Klein also denied prescribing Jackson any of the powerful painkillers, including OxyContin and Demerol, that the singer was said to be addicted to. Klein also denied he was one of five Jackson doctors reportedly under investigation in connection with Jackson’s death and said he has not even been contacted by Los Angeles police.

He accused the doctors who prescribed addictive drugs for the pop icon of being “criminals.”

“I say that anyone who makes someone an addict or gives a person potentially dangerous substances directly to them to use, like propofol is a criminal,” Klein told “GMA.” “It becomes nothing more than a manslaughter, or something worse than that…”

Jackson was in Klein’s office three days before he died and seemed to be in good spirits, contradicting a report by Jackson’s nurse Cherilyn Lee who said the singer was in a horrific amount of pain.

“He was not in terrible pain when I saw him. He danced in the office, and he danced for my patients,” Klein said. “He was very muscular, and he was very, very happy and dancing.”

“I saw nothing at that point that would make me worry whatsoever,” he continued. “But I was always concerned about him because I was always worried about other doctors.”

Klein said Jackson, like many other rich and famous California patients, had no problem finding a doctor to get whatever he thought he needed.

“No matter what he wanted, someone would give it to him,” Klein said. “The very rich and the very poor and the very famous all get the worst medical care.”

Klein said that although Jackson did not confide to him a complete list of medications he was taking, he did have a talk about dangerous prescription drugs with the King of Pop many years ago.

In the days before OxyContin was available, Klein said Jackson requested an older painkiller that was more potent that even morphine.

“I said, ‘You can’t take that. It’s poison. Throw that in the trash,'” Klein said. “And I got him to throw it in the toilet.”

“But I can’t be there every minute,” he said. “I wish I could have been there every minute of the day.”

On Jackson’s vitiligo and overuse of plastic surgery
Klein said it was he who diagnosed Jackson with lupus and saw growing evidence of vitiligo, both autoimmune diseases that affect the skin.

“It blew me away because here I’m diagnosing the most famous person in the world ? with a very serious ailment,” he said.

As Jackson’s skin started to be marked with “severe speckling,” Klein said, something had to be done even out the tone.

“At the same time he was in the hands of plastic surgeons who didn’t know when to stop,” Klein said. “But he felt he was a piece of art, that his face was a piece of art.”

[From ABC News]

I really believe that Michael Jackson had vitiligo and that he used prescription lightening cream to make his skin appear more even-toned. (There’s a user-created video on YouTube which shows multiple photos throughout the years that reveal the extent of MJ’s condition.) As for Dr. Klein’s claims that he’s not responsible for Jackson’s extreme plastic surgery and other doctors did all that – it seems a little too convenient, especially since he’s also claiming that he advised him against prescription drug use and tried to get him to throw away his pain medication. This guy knows more than he’s letting on and is trying not to get involved. He’s not unequivocally denying he’s the older kids’ father, he’s saying he doesn’t know for sure. Now why would he phrase it that way and then go on to add how much Michael loves the kids?

Dr. Klein is shown at Liz Taylor’s 75th birthday on 2/27/07. Credit: WENN.com

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  1. TRT says:

    To the best of your knowledge you are not the father?????? Well, did you donate IT or not? As simple as that!

  2. someone says:

    That is the most ridiculous response to that question I have ever heard..Does he have amnesia???

  3. princess pee says:

    I am so tired of this. I cannot imagine asking a person, another human being, repeatedly if they are the father of some kids. If he says no, which he has, they just ask again. I don’t think anyone will accept an answer that doesn’t match up with their fantasies.

    I would read his response less as claiming amnesia, and more as “unless someone stole my sperm while I slept, I am not their father”. He says he doesn’t want to feed the mania, but I don’t think he can stop it. No one wants to hear the truth, just the scandal.

  4. Toe says:

    So, what he’s saying is: I dont know i’m the father, but i’m sure as hell did
    fcuk the bejesus out of my assistant/nurse.

  5. diddy says:

    This is not his plastic surgeon, its his Dermatologist.

    Both jobs are different , so you cant he was lying about MJ plastic surgery ,when with his job he has nothing to do with it.

  6. sickofit says:

    he seems to be a shady person somehow,
    i think he lies about not prescribing the drugs to MJ.

  7. Enonymous says:

    This guy is Doctor???? How the hell did that happen, he looks like an overweight drunk to me that you see in a sleazy bar somewhere. Michale Jackson’s children are way to cute to be related to this guy.

  8. mel says:

    good maybe we are one step closer to MJ actually being the father but I have my doubts.

  9. Feebee says:

    A strange response to the father question but then it’s a strange situation and no matter how many “no” answers are given, the question is repeatedly asked.

    Looking at the kids yesterday, I can’t tell is Klein donated some DNA but Paris sure looks like Debbie Rowe and the way Prince Michael II hid his face, his eyes looked like Michael Jackson’s.

    Time will tell and it may be fun to speculate even though it’s not really a public consumption matter. If only it could be deal with the way the Royals dealt with the Harry speculation. No comment.

  10. Christy says:

    Dr.Klein is very shady. The kids have his ears and eyes. I think he’s the father. Michael was castrated when he was young. JMO.

  11. ! says:

    I have a hard time believing he didn’t give Michael drugs when Michael was introduced to Dr. Klein by the biggest pill junkie in Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor.

    But what do I know. Its entirely possible that they were both just bestest friends with a dermatologist for no reason…right?

  12. Deniz says:

    Wow what an ass. Ugh he gives me the creeps. I hope to God he isn’t the father. But when I was watching Michael Jackson’s memorial yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice how similar Dr. Klein’s and Paris’ ears were. They’re kind of shaped the same way.

  13. Cinderella says:

    I thought the boys resembled MJ at first, but after looking at Dr. Klein, there is a strong resemblance, especially with Prince Michael.

  14. Diana says:

    It would appear the doctor has lawyered up. If he states he is unaware, he cannot be accused of lying at a later date.

    Klein has had a long term relationship with MJ, no surprise if he is discovered to have a DNA match to both of the older children.

  15. BlueSkies says:

    No way Klein put out the two older kids. They are too good looking. Enonymous is right. Those kids are designer. MJ had the money to shop for the egg and sperm and he probably poured through pages of donors. Debbie Rowe was just the vehicle.

  16. Christy,

    If MJ was castrated, that would make his bizarre lifestyle make so much more sense to me. Never thought of that, but from what I understand, Joe Jackson is enough of a douche to have done the snip himself.

  17. Tazina says:

    Would there be some doubt here? Did he have some rogue sperm floating around whereby he would not now be quit positive it wasn’t him that was the father? Very strange remark.

  18. fizXgirl314 says:

    i don’t think he had vitiligo… i heard he was a mutant and used to run around with the X MEN. his superpowers were to distract the masses by changed races and doing the moonwalk while his crew stole babies.

    i also heard his children were hatched in an incubator. just my opinion :/

  19. Orangejulius says:

    His looks don’t rule him out as the father. He’s overweight and older; he looks as if he may have been good looking as a young man.

  20. gg says:

    He is totally the dad. Compare the kids with him and Debbie. Don’t even need the dna test. I think he was schtupping Debbie and now he’s just doing the pretrial shuffle.

    @ Christy and dread: I agree – There have been many a fully-testicled soprano male singer, but I wouldn’t put it past Joe Jackson either.

  21. RimStar says:

    The Doctor is white and Debbie Rowe is a very fair white. Prince and Paris are mixed race, so no match. Because Debbie Rowe is so fair, her skin tone would go a long way toward making a lighter skin toned baby with Michael. Paris looks like Debbie. Prince II has Michael’s eyes. Prince’s nose is too broad to be from either the Dr or Debbie. That’s my evidence. Ciao

  22. omondieu says:

    I would be over the moon if MJ turned out to be the biological father.
    One of my mother’s music students is mixed, and she tells me that he’s got icy blue eyes, and very fair skin. I suppose anything’s possible.

  23. Bobby the K says:


    if he is the father then:

    a) they may be ugly as adults.

    b) have no integrity.

  24. Duckie says:

    No. He isn’t their father. He isn’t their dad.


    Because Michael Jackson was. Biology or not, he raise those children and, (from all accounts) loved those children and they were HIS children. Michael Jackson was their father. Whether or not he shared his DNA with them is a completely different story.

  25. Sienn says:

    The children are clearly not of African origin (biologically, DNA). Debbie once confirmed that those children are not Michael’s children. What else do we want. Michael gave loved them despite them not being his biological children. They look so different from anyone in Michael’s family.

  26. sickofit says:

    “Joe Jackson is enough of a douche to have done the snip himself”
    But Joe f****ing as****le Jackson has a very high voice himself. If being castrated MJ should have no beard and that
    chin( no its not changed by surgery they only did something to the middle part of it). There was clearly testosteron in that guy. Being castrated that would have not been the case.

  27. Ursula says:

    Maybe the first boy, he has a slight resemblance. At the memorial, the kids looked darker than they usually are and could have passed off as mixed. The last one Blanket looks like the Jackson family but is still too white and raises doubts. Paris looks like Debbie especially the mouth area. Maybe MJ did not want his kids to get his disease so was scared of passing off his DNA.

  28. Leila says:

    Both of MJ’s boys look a lot like Dr. Klein. Paris looks like Debbie Rowe.

    And Dr. Klein looks like Tom Arnold.