We know you're not supposed to stop 'til you get enough but...hasn't this woman had enough yet?
A British woman who claims that she is the mother of Michael Jackson's three children was shot down in court Wednesday for the second time, with a Los Angeles judge again refusing to hear her motion as to why she should have a say in the custody arrangement between the singer and ex-wife Deborah Rowe.
The very busy Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider gave Nona Paris Lola Jackson the same reason this time around as he did when he denied her first request last year, saying that she had failed to submit sufficient proof before this week's hearing that convinced him that Jackson and Rowe were notified of the proceedings, although two attorneys did appear on behalf of Jackson.
This time around, however, Schnider, who has also been mired down in the Anna Nicole Smith custody battle for the past several months and signed off on the Dave Navarro-Carmen Electra divorce this week, added that even if Jackson and Rowe had waived their right to be properly served with the lawsuit, Nona Jackson had still "failed to submit any credible evidence she gave birth to the minor children."
Schnider also said that the plaintiff, who signed her original lawsuit "dudu" and classified herself as a "black Jew born in Britain," had not submitted the proper documents to pursue her claim.
Nona Jackson filed her petition Oct. 20, saying that she was involved in a sexual relationship with the King of Pop for years and was the mother of Prince Michael Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael II, aka Blanket. She has also alleged that neither Rowe nor Jackson's first wife, Lisa Marie Presley, had sex with him.
Jackson's rep, Raymone Bain, has called the woman's claim "ludicrous" and unworthy of the singer's time.
Rowe and Jackson reached an undisclosed custody arrangement in September after the former nurse took her ex-hubby to court to regain her visitation rights with Prince Michael Jr. and Paris Michael, which she gave up before he was arrested on molestation charges in 2003. Blanket's mother is unknown.
Speaking by phone during Wednesday's hearing, Nona Jackson grilled Jackson's legal camp about what the Thriller has been saying about her in private, questions, Schnider told her, that the attorneys didn't have to answer.
"Is Mr. Jackson denying I'm the mother of the children?" the woman, who says that she hasn't been able to find a lawyer, asked. "What is he saying about my children?"
While Nona Jackson still has an opportunity to refile her petition—if Jackson and Rowe are properly served, Schnider said—an attorney for the singer said that he doubted anything will ever come of it.
"There was no merit to this," Michael L. Abrams said outside the courthouse. "I don't think you'll see this case go any further."
Meanwhile, Jacko's lawyers are back in action Thursday, when a hearing is scheduled regarding a lawsuit filed by some of the Off the Wall performer's former attorneys, who have alleged that Jackson owes $216,000 in back fees. The singer has since countersued, saying it was the legal eagles at Ayscough & Marar who pushed him into involuntary bankruptcy.
But although Jackson still isn't exciting any courtroom crowds by actually showing up, the elusive entertainer is a little less removed these days than he used to be.
According to Bain, Jackson is taking up residence in the United States once again after spending about a year and a half living abroad, first in Bahrain and then in Europe. The Grammy winner has set up shop in Sin City, where he's reportedly looking to develop his own long-term live act for the Las Vegas Strip.
After just a handful of public appearances over the last couple years, the former hitmaker surfaced on Dec. 30 to eulogize James Brown during a public memorial in Augusta, Georgia, and is scheduled to be feted next month at two "fan appreciation events" in Japan.
But while Jackson is supposedly looking to jumpstart his music career and can use all the help he can get as far as the U.S. is concerned, a rumor that he was going to perform at the Grammys during a tribute to the Godfather of Soul proved unfounded. Bain has also shot down a report that the pop star will be guest-judging on American Idol this spring, calling the story "inaccurate."
In other legal news, Jackson was targeted in a lawsuit filed Thursday by the family of a woman who died two years ago at a Santa Maria hospital where, according to the suit, the ill woman was forced to change rooms when the more famous local resident was admitted with flu-like symptoms.
While it's not a wrongful death suit, the family of the late Manuela Ruiz, who was 73 when she passed away in 2005 days after suffering a heart attack, is accusing Jackson and the Marian Medical Center of infliction of emotional distress, conspiracy, elder abuse and false imprisonment of family members. The complaint charges that their dying mother was "hustled" about "aimlessly" and unhooked from life support to accommodate Jackson, who was discharged soon after.
The family was also unable to go down the hall to visit Ruiz, court documents state, because Jackson's entourage and hospital security had blocked off the area.