Michael Jacksonâ€™s ex-wife Debbie Rowe has been granted visitation rights for the two children she birthed while she was with Jackson. While Jacksonâ€™s mother, Katherine Jackson, will retain custody of all of her grandchildren, Debbie Rowe will have full visitation rights with 12 year-old Prince Michael I and 11 year-old Paris Katherine. Rowe reportedly did not receive any money as part of the custody deal.
Michael Jackson requested that his mother be granted guardianship of his children after his death. Rowe abandoned her parental rights for the two eldest children in 2001, although she regained a portion of them several years later. Despite rumors that Rowe was prepared to â€œbattleâ€ for custody of her two birth-children, she is reportedly pleased with the final custody arrangements.
â€œI am encouraged by the way things are working out,â€ Rowe said in a radio interview with KNBC News on Thursday. The custody settlement will go before a judge for approval next week in Los Angeles. Rowe does not plan to attend. A child psychologist will be on hand during Roweâ€™s visits with the children and will be paid for by both Rowe and Katherine Jackson. Rowe reportedly asked for the psychologist to assist during her visits to help the children adjust to spending time with her.
â€œMrs. Jackson and the family are pleased this matter is resolved and was handled in a caring, thoughtful and courteous manner by the parties and their representatives,â€ Katherine Jacksonâ€™s attorneys said in a press statement.
Meanwhile, the investigation into Michael Jacksonâ€™s death continues. The release of Jacksonâ€™s autopsy results have been indefinitely delayed while police probe into the pop iconâ€™s medical history and drug use. The offices and home of Michael Jacksonâ€™s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, were searched under warrant earlier this week.
In warrants filed on Thursday to authorize a search of Murrayâ€™s office in Nevada, the documents stated there was probable cause Murray was excessively prescribing substances to a â€œdrug addictâ€ â€“ namely, Michael Jackson.
Dr. Conrad Murray reportedly admitted to police officials that he administered the powerful anesthetic drug Propofol to Michael Jackson shortly before the singer’s death. According to unidentified police sources, Murray allegedly gave Michael Jackson an intravenous drip of Propofol, also known as Diprivan, just hours before he died.
Unofficial reports ‘leaked’ by unnamed police sources claim that the Propofol injection was likely the cause of Jackson’s demise. Official autopsy results are expected to be released later this week.
According to MTV.com, Dr. Conrad Murray told the Los Angeles Police Department several days after Jackson died that he had given the drug to the pop icon. Court documents indicate police are currently investigating Murray for possible manslaughter charges in connection to Jackson’s death. Last week, police raided Murray’s office and a storage locker, seizing files relating to the doctor’s treatment of Jackson. On Tuesday, police arrived at Dr. Conrad Murray’s home with a search warrant for the property in a quest for additional evidence in the case.
Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, stated on Monday that everyone “needs to take a breath and wait for these long delayed toxicology results.” Refusing to comment on the latest allegations against Dr. Conrad Murray, Chernoff said “things tend to shake out when all the facts are made known, and I’m sure that will happen here as well.”
Propofol is an extremely powerful anestheticÂ normally used to put patients under in advance of surgery. The drug is generally not supposed to be used outside of a hospital setting, where a patient can be monitored by an EKG and pulse oximeter. Neither of these safety devices were reportedly found in Jackson’s home at the time of his death.
More evidence is piling up that pop superstar Michael Jackson may have died from a massive drug overdose. Wednesday morning, Federal authorities allegedly launched a raid of Dr. Conrad Murray’s Houston office to obtain medical records of his treatment of Jackson in connection to the official autopsy results on the singer’s body.
Houston Police Department and officers of the Drug Enforcement Agency arrived at Murray’s office Wednesday morning to serve a search warrant on the property, according to TMZ.com. Murray served as Michael Jackson’s personal physician and was with the singer when he collapsed into a coma on June 25th. Murray also performed CPR on Jackson in an attempt to revive him before emergency responders arrived on the scene. Murray has been allegedly been repeatedly uncooperate in the criminal investigation currently ongoing in Jackson’s death.
E! News reports thatÂ a private pathologist hired by Michael Jackson’s family discovered similar findings to the official autopsy report by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. Needle marks were found on Jackson’s body in both autopsies, as was a possibly deadly dose of the powerful anesthetic Propofol.
Los Angeles County officials have stated that Jackson was taking prescription medications at the time of his death. However, the full report on what substances were found in his body have not yet been released.