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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Michael Jackson's Ex-Wife Wants Her Kids

Michael Jackson's ex-wife wants a judge to make him return their kids from the Middle East, while the pop idol's advisers continue "desperate" negotiations to save him from financial ruin, sources said yesterday. Debbie Rowe filed legal papers accusing the embattled entertainer of "abducting" Prince Michael I, 8, and Paris, 7, a source close to Rowe confirmed. Rowe, 46, and Jackson, 47, were divorced in 1999. Rowe gave up her parental rights in 2001, but changed her mind after Jackson was charged with child molestation in 2003. He was acquitted of all charges last June and has full custody of Prince, Paris and Prince Michael II, 4, who is not Rowe's child.

Rowe's motion asks retired Judge Stephen Lachs, who oversees the former couple's custody and visitation matters, to order Jackson to bring the kids back and surrender their passports to the court. But it is unclear what authority Lachs can exert as long as Jackson remains in the Middle East, where he has been splitting his time between Bahrain and Dubai. Rowe's lawyer, Iris Finsilver, declined comment yesterday. Jackson's custody lawyer, Michael Abrams, could not be reached. A brief from the TOI states that according to contactmusic.com, Rowe also expressed concern for the safety of the kids while they live with their father. Read More....

Source: New York Daily News

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