LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's mother now has permanent custody of his three children.
The ruling came at a court hearing in Los Angeles where there was a surprise objection from Jackson's longtime dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein. He has repeatedly denied tabloid reports that he's the biological father of the children. His objections today -- which weren't spelled out -- were rejected.
Meanwhile, Michael Jackson's estate has reached a settlement with AEG, the concert promoter that was preparing to put on the King of Pop's 50 comeback shows in London when he died. Terms were not disclosed. Attorney John Branca, a co-administrator of Jackson's estate, said during a break at a Monday court hearing in Los Angeles that the settlement governed merchandise and rehearsal footage.
The contracts and settlement agreement will be filed under seal, The case drew crowds of the curious and media to the courthouse. More than three dozen attorneys filled the courtroom for what is likely to be a lengthy battle over Jackson 's more than 500 million dollar estate. A judge has five days to review and approve it.
A hearing on the matter was scheduled for next Monday.