Maybe The Kid IS My Son: The Michael Jackson Paternity Case Just Got Real

Michael Jackson tragically passed away back in 2009, and the past five years have yielded plenty of pretenders to the King of Pop’s throne.  But 31-year-old Brandon Howard’s case is different. He claims to have irrufitable evidence that he is MJ’s son!

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    Monique West’s paternity case against DMX exploded into a defamation lawsuit when he accused her of raping him in his sleep. As he told Sister 2 Sister magazine in a 2006 interview, there was no way that he would consciously sleep with such an ugly woman. “If I did [have sex with her], I would remember. It ain’t like she’s a pretty girl,” the ever-classy MC said. DMX later admitted that he had lied about the rape in an attempt to please his wife, and was ordered to pay Wayne child support, as well as $1.5 million in damages. Which in our mind translates to…

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    In four other cases, he really was the daddy — making the total seven proven offspring for the rapper

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Brandon’s mother is singer Miki Howard, who was managed by Michael Jackson’s father Joe back in the ’80s. Michael and Miki apparently first met in 1982, prior Brandon’s birth.  He went to a have a music career of his own under the name B. Howard, displaying some very Jackson-like moves and vocals in his music video for “Dancefloor.”

And supposedly there’s a very good reason for the comparison: TMZ reports that Brandon is coming forward with DNA evidence proving that he’s actually spawn of the one-gloved one. Apparently Howard was able to obtain some of MJ’s genetic material from an old othodontic device, which is equal parts ingenious and super gross. He plans to reveal the results to the world on, and then hit up the Jackson camp for some serious bucks.

But there’s a good chance he’s going to come away empty handed…or at least have plenty of legel fees,  because Jackson’s side isn’t going down without a fight. They categorically deny any and all claims of paternity on Michael’s part, and dismiss Howard as a liar. “We’ve never even heard from him,” estate lawyer Howard Weitzman told TMZ , “Any deadline for claiming to be Michael’s child has long since passed.” Let’s get ready to rumble!

Head up to the gallery above for some more of music’s most controversial (and dubious) baby daddy cases!

[Photo: Getty Images]

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