Beleaguered pop star Michael Jackson Tuesday flatly denied a magazine report that he is about to become a father to quadruplets by way of a surrogate mother.
“This is not true, and we are not going to further comment on stories of this nature,” publicist Raymone Bain told Reuters when asked about the report in Us Weekly magazine.
Bain also denied that Jackson, who is facing a trial later this year on child molestation charges, was to be the father of any children born through a surrogate-mother arrangement. “This is not true. None of this is true,” she said.
But a spokeswoman for Us Weekly said the magazine stood by its story, which cited unnamed sources close to Jackson as saying he recently spent time in Florida with an identified woman who was pregnant with quads she was to bear for the singer.
The 45-year-old performer already has three children --Prince Michael I and daughter Paris Michael by his former wife, Debbie Rowe, and Prince Michael II, the child he notoriously dangled from the balcony of a Berlin hotel in November 2002.
Jackson later revealed in a television documentary that Prince Michael II had been born to a woman who was essentially a stranger to him. “I used a surrogate mother and my own sperm cells,” he told British interviewer Martin Bashir. “She doesn’t know me.”
It was in that same interview that Jackson ignited a public furor by saying he saw nothing wrong with having other children spend the night with him in the bedroom of his Neverland ranch home in California.
One youth who appeared in that documentary is now at the center of the child molestation case pending against the performer.
Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with committing lewd acts on a boy under the age of 14, as well as child abduction, extortion and false imprisonment. He has pleaded innocent, and a trial is set for Sept. 13.