- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rowe says ‘no’

Debbie Rowe says “Hell no” to raising the two children she bore to ex-hubby Michael Jackson, says a bombshell e-mail published by ExtraTV.com and reported by the New York Daily News.

“My lawyer is telling me I have to take some responsibility about the welfare of the children,” Miss Rowe wrote in a July 5 e-mail to friend Rebecca White, obtained by Extra. “Do I want the kids? Hell no. Does it look good for me to ask for them? Absolutely. I don’t want to look like the woman who gave away her kids and just forgot about them.”

Miss Rowe, 50, is considering a bid for custody of Michael Jr., 12, and Paris, 11, as her lawyers discuss private settlement options with Katherine Jackson, the grandmother named their temporary guardian, sources told the Daily News.

Mr. Jackson’s third child, 7-year-old Prince Michael II, nicknamed Blanket, was born to a secret surrogate after Mr. Jackson and Miss Rowe divorced.

A source told the Daily News that Miss Rowe is concerned about grandfather Joe Jackson’s role in the children’s upbringing considering Michael’s stormy relationship with his dad.

“Would Michael want Joe to have them? I think it would be the last thing that he would ever have wanted,” Miss Rowe said in her July 5 e-mail to Miss White.

In an e-mail dated July 2, Miss Rowe said “These kids are not mine. They were never mine. They were always Michael’s. I was Michael’s best friend.”

Despite the e-mails, Miss White told Extra she believes Miss Rowe will seek custody.

“The motivation is money,” Miss White said. “I really have to be honest. … If the children aren’t the ones she wants, what else will she gain from it?”

Miss White also said that a secret custody deal is in the works.

“In one text message she had just said, ‘Just wait until the 14th. Everything will be done after the 14th.’ … There’s definitely going to be a secret deal. There’s definitely going to be a settlement that’s going to come out of this,” Miss White told Extra.

Miss Rowe’s attorney, however, disputed a New York Post story claiming she had abandoned her custody fight in exchange for a $4 million deal reached with Mr. Jackson’s family.

“There has been no agreement reached between Miss Rowe and the Jacksons,” lawyer Eric George says in an open letter to the New York Post. He also demanded an “immediate retraction” to the newspaper’s anonymously sourced story, published Tuesday.

Also Tuesday: New details on Miss Rowe’s personal finances surfaced with the release of an unaired April 2008 interview Miss White sold to MTV. During the program, Miss Rowe said she spent $25,000 to $30,000 a month supporting her horse-breeding lifestyle in Palmdale, Calif. She said she was “on an allowance” and felt “scared … all the time.”

Miss Rowe initially surrendered her parental rights in 2001 but won them back in 2004 after a judge found procedural errors in the paperwork. She already has received millions in settlement payments to keep her distance - and her silence, the Daily News notes.

Boxed for hunger

Actor David Arquette is raising awareness about hunger by spending some time inside a Plexiglas box - where he apparently will eat in plain view - atop New York City’s Madison Square Garden marquee.

According to Associated Press, the star of the “Scream” movie franchise hoped to raise $250,000 for Feeding America on Tuesday and Wednesday. The organization is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief charity.

Donations are being accepted on site or via text messages and a Facebook page setup.

The “Bar Hunger” campaign is being sponsored by Mars Inc., the maker of Snickers candy bars.

Mr. Arquette, 37, will eat during his stay in the enclosure, AP said. He will spend about eight hours each day in the box.

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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