According to TMZ, Brandon Howard, a 31-year-old singer who goes by the name “B. Howard,” allegedly contacted the site’s staff and said that he’s taken a DNA test, using an old orthodontic device of MJ’s, and he wants to announce to the public that the deceased pop icon is his father and possibly sue his estate.
On Thursday (March 6), however, the staff at FilmOn.TV scooped the story and broke the news via a live streamed press conference, declaring that they’ve seen the evidence and there’s a 99.9 percent chance that it’s true. There’s also the suspicious lyrics to MJ’s “Billie Jean,” they recalled.
Although MJ croons, “the kid is not my son,” apparently, he was in denial. Howard’s mother, Miki Howard, was a pop singer who toured with MJ and was represented by his father, Joe Jackson. Miki reportedly sometimes went by the the nickname “Billy.”
In his first public statement, B. Howard doesn’t deny that MJ is his father, but he did say that he never contacted TMZ and has no intentions of filing a lawsuit. “Number one, I did not call TMZ or anything like that. Didn’t put out a story, nothing,” he insisted via a video message posted to his Facebook page. “Number two, I’ve never self-proclaimed to be Michael Jackson’s son. Number three, I’m definitely not suing the estate. I’ve been taken care of very well. Number four, it is true I did do a DNA test but it had nothing to do with any of this.”
Meanwhile, reports from across the pond add another plot twist. According to the Daily Mail, Augie Johnson, a singer who laid background vocals on MJ’s Off the Wall, claims that he is actually Howard’s father.
“I know Brandon’s my son — I was there in the delivery room, I have the pictures of him being born. I got the records, I got everything,” Johnson said. “Before me, Miki wasn’t with anyone else — she didn’t even know Michael at that time. But you know what — I love my son and he can do whatever he likes. I’m not tripping on this — I want Brandon to have a successful career.”
No word yet on whether or not the DNA paperwork being circulated is officially legit.