A bombshell new report claims that Michael Jackson is not the biological father of his two oldest children -- rather a Los Angeles dermatologist is.
Dr. Arnold Klein, is the father of Prince Michael Jr., 11, and Paris, 10, according to UsMagazine.
"He is the dad," a Jackson insider told the magazine. "He and Debbie [Rowe] signed an agreement saying they would never reveal the truth."
Jackson was married to Rowe and allegedly fathered the two children with her, but Rowe worked as a nurse for Klein.
Rowe had said in the past she carried the children as a favor for Jackson.
"I said, 'Let me do this. You need to be a dad. You have been so good to me,' " she said in 2002.
Meanwhile, TMZ.com cited sources that said that neither Jackson nor Rowe were the biological parents of the two eldest kids -- but the paparazzi portal didn't offer any alternative lineages. The site also reported that Jackson never officially adopted the kids.
Rowe released a statement late Tuesday via her attorney Marta Almil stating: "We refuse to be drawn into addressing the various rumors and speculation swirling in the media. The vast majority of what is out there is untrue. Particularly hurtful and insidious is the most recent rumor - which is entirely false - concerning the maternity of the children. Ms. Rowe is the biological mother of the two oldest children."
The mother of Jackson's youngest kid, Prince Michael II, 7, has never been revealed.
And with the battle over the Jackson's estate brewing -- his mother, Katherine Jackson, has filed for control, and it's unclear who will end up with his kids -- a will has surfaced from seven years ago, according to the venerable Wall Street Journal.
The will from 2002 reportedly divides the King of Pop's estate among his mother, his three children and one or more charities.
The lawyer for Michael Jackson's family, L. Londell McMillan, said a will for the late pop star has been presented and is to be filed in court.
McMillan said the singer's advisers are looking for additional documents.
The existence of a will, and the likely appointment of an executor, could complicate a petition by Jackson's mother Katherine to become the administrator of his estate.
The Jackson family said the children — Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (known as Prince Michael), Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael II — are living at the Jackson family compound in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.
And at about the same time a judge granted Katherine Jackson authority over at least some of her son's estate Monday, pickup trucks and a large dump truck towing a flatbed were seen entering the 2,500-acre Neverland Ranch, a major piece of the singer's debt-strapped financial empire. It was not clear who had requested the fleet or for what purpose.
Clearly one of his most valuable assets is his recording catalog, which his father could potentially rerelease through his new record company if the family gains control of his assets. There could also be recordings in Jackson's estate that he had never released.
There's also a financial bonanza to be had in the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog of which Jackson owned 50 percent. The 750,000-song catalog includes music by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Lady Gaga and the Jonas Brothers.
Financial documents obtained by the Associated Press state that Jackson had $567.6 million in assets, including Neverland and his share of the music catalog, but he had debts of $331 million. That leaves him with a net worth of 236.6 million, yet he only had $668,215 in cash as of June 12, 2007, all according to a statement of financial condition prepared by Washington, D.C.-based accounting firm Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates.
The report puts a net value on Jackson's stake in the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog — his most prized assets — at $390.6 million.
Another of Jackson's prized possessions, his Neverland Ranch, is valued at $33 million, according to the report. It says Jackson took out a $23 million loan against the 2,500-acre property in the rolling hills of Santa Barbara County.
He also had $20 million worth of cars, antiques, collectibles and other property.
The Jacksons say they have not heard from Rowe since their son's death. Rowe's attorney, Marta Almli, did not respond to an e-mail message seeking comment Monday. She previously said, "Ms. Rowe's only thoughts at this time have been regarding the devastating loss Michael's family has suffered."
Sharpton said on ABC that the Jackson family's status as a longtime show-biz family gives them valuable experience in dealing with the children.
"You must remember, they're going to have to grow up as Michael Jackson's children," he said. "They need someone that understands that culture, that scrutiny, that unusual life they're going to have to live."
The legal steps were taken even as investigators continued their probe into the singer's death. Officials with the Los Angeles County coroner's office returned to the mansion he was renting at the time of his death and left with two large plastic bags of evidence.
Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said the bags contained medication. He declined to elaborate.
Lawyers for Jackson's cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray, who was with Jackson when he collapsed, said the physician never prescribed the powerful drugs Demerol or Oxycontin for Jackson and did all he could to revive the singer.
Attorney Matt Alford said it took as long as 30 minutes for paramedics to be called after Murray found Jackson with a faint pulse and performed CPR.
The delay was partly because Jackson's room in the rented mansion didn't have a telephone and Murray didn't know Jackson's street address to give to emergency crews, Alford said.
Eventually, Murray found a chef in the house and had him summon a security guard, who called for help while the doctor continued to perform CPR.
Lou Ferrigno, the star of TV's "Incredible Hulk" who was helping Jackson train for a planned concert tour, said Jackson didn't look like he was in pain the last time they met.
"He might have been a little thin because he was under a lot of stress because of the tour," Ferrigno said on "Good Morning America." But he said he believed Jackson would have made it through his concert tour. He said Jackson was a vegetarian who ate only one meal a day.
Jackson's body will return to Neverland on Thursday and a public viewing is set for Friday. A private service is planned for Sunday.