Joe Jackson Confirms Omer Bhatti is Michael's Secret Son - Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES -- Joe Jackson has confirmed that a 25-year-old aspiring rapper from Norway, is actually Michael Jackson's fourth child.
In an interview posted on NewsOne.com, Joe Jackson talks about Omer Bhatti and told the reporter that he knew Michael had another child.
"Yes, I knew he had another son, yes I did," Jackson said in the video.
He also discussed Bhatti's dancing abilities and his resemblence to the Jackson clan. "He looks like a Jackson, acts like a Jackson, can dance like a Jackson," he said.
As a child, Bhatti often traveled with Jackson and even lived at the singer's Neverland ranch.
Court records show Bhatti was living at Neverland when authorities raided the estate in 2003 looking for evidence of child molestation.
Bhatti was briefly interviewed by investigators and was initially on the defense's list of prospective witnesses.
But he was never asked to testify.
At Jackson's memorial at Staples, Bhatti was prominently seated in the front row next to the pop star's children and siblings.
Bhatti is also said to be seeking a DNA test to determine whether Jackson is in fact his father.
Jackson's brother Jermaine has said Bhatti would be welcomed into the family, if he's proven a Jackson.
"If Omer's his son, he's his son," Jermaine told Britain's the Daily Mail. 'We won't deny it. We are going to give him the same love and care that we give Prince and Paris and Blanket. I can't clearly say if he is Michael's but I saw this kid around him."
In 2004, Us Weekly reported that Jackson did, indeed, acknowledge that he was the father.
A source told the magazine: "Jackson has told his closest associates Omer's mom's was a Norwegian with whom he had a one-night stand."