MJ`s former bodyguard claims to be father of Blanket

Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 15:06 PM IST

London: More than a year after Michael Jackson`s death, the paternity of his youngest son Blanket has again grabbed headlines after the star`s former body-guard claimed to be the biological father of the 8-year-old boy.

The pop icon`s former body guard Matt Fiddes, 29, says he donated the sperm in 2001 after Jackson told him he wanted an "athletic" child, reported Daily Mail online.

Fiddes claims the `King of Pop` offered him half-a-million USD for the sperm but he turned the money down and donated it for free.

The following year Blanket, real name Prince Michael Jackson II, was born and Fiddes says he was told the baby was his by Mark Lester, who had claimed to be the father of the `Thriller` hitmaker`s daughter Paris.

"Michael never told me himself that Blanket is my son but he took my sperm and the child is the spitting image of me. He told me he wanted an athletic child. I don`t want Blanket thinking I am telling everyone he is definitely my son because I`m not sure," said Fiddes.

The martial arts expert said that if Katherine\Jackson, Blanket`s grandmother and current legal guardian,dies, he will demand a DNA test and fight for access or even custody.

His revelations follow similar claims from former child star Mark Lester, a close friend of Jackson, who says he also donated sperm to the star and could be the father of his daughter Paris, 12.

"I don`t want anything from the estate or their money. Katherine Jackson has already denied me the right to seeBlanket but if she were to die I would be straight over there.

If that happened me and Mark have a pact, we would get a legal team and ask for DNA tests and look into getting access, or even bring thing them back here in our custody," said Fiddes.

Blanket was born on on February 21, 2002 in La Mesa, California, and was famously dangled over a balcony in Germany by his father when he was eight months old.

His mother has never been identified and there is no entry on his birth certificate.