Akon is SO part of the whole Michael Jackson "The-Kid-Really-Is-My-Son" DNA shenanigans.
We got him arriving at LAX Friday and he acted a tad skeptical ... that the freshly-touted B Howard, plain wrap DNA test proves he's MJ's long lost son. But in the next breath Akon stokes the coals and says why he thinks it might be true.
Here's why we're calling BS. Akon is in the studio with B Howard right now recording music.
It's why they call it show BUSINESS, folks.
Michael Jackson's Bros
The Kid Is Not His Son
3/7/2014 3:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's brothers have now come forward ... calling BS on the so-called DNA test proving Brandon Howard is Michael's long lost son.
A rep for the brothers tells TMZ, the brothers are united in scoffing at the claim ... and for a variety of reasons.
First, a source says in Michael's 50 years on earth, he never mentioned anything about having a child other than Prince, Paris and Blanket. And, other sources who had day-to-day contact with Jackson echo the same to TMZ.
A source also says the brothers met B Howard one time -- back in 2012, when he came backstage for a meet and greet after one of their shows. He never even intimated he might be a relative.
And the brother's say Joe had a professional relationship with Howard's mom, yet he never breathed a word of this ... and they say he would have said something, especially after Michael died.
The rep calls the so-called DNA test "unfounded hearsay."
MJ's Dental Mold
3/7/2014 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The man behind the Michael Jackson DNA test initially went to an L.A. lab ... and TMZ has learned the lab results showed NO DNA on Michael Jackson's dental mold.
A manager at DNA Truth 4 U lab tells TMZ ... last month Alki David's people took the dental mold to the lab, along with a water bottle, a black towel and cigarette butts to test them. Alki's people told the lab the other items contained the DNA from Jermaine and Tito.
The lab report -- obtained by TMZ -- shows the dental mold document titled "Alleged Father." The other items were all titled "Alleged Uncle."
The lab report shows NO DNA was recovered from the 31-year-old dental mold, so the test could not be performed. The only one that had any DNA was the black towel -- and it showed NO relation to B Howard. Translation -- B Howard is NOT related to ANY Jackson.
A source connected to Alki David tells TMZ ... Alki didn't trust the lab and that's why he says they went to a DNA lab in Ireland.
Alki says the Ireland lab recovered DNA from the mold and then determined there was a DNA match with B Howard.
Michael Jackson DNA Test
Organizer Insists Results Are REAL
We Doctored Logo to Make It 'Pretty'
3/7/2014 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The media mogul who organized the DNA test allegedly proving Michael Jackson fathered a son in 1982 insists the results are 100% real -- despite using a laboratory logo that's obviously been doctored -- telling TMZ, the logo was altered to make it look prettier.
Billionaire Alki David released the so-called "results" live on the Internet Thursday -- and after TMZ obtained a copy of the document, we discovered the logo on top wasn't just fake ... it was ripped from "Terminator Salvation."
Now David tells us, "The logo was made by the DNA agency to make it look pretty. Lab documents are not pretty by nature." He also says the results are private and were never supposed to be released to the public.
Which doesn't make sense on several levels -- David's doctored logo doesn't make his "lab results" any prettier than other lab results we've come across ... no offense ... and if the results were never supposed to be released publicly, why bother making them look nice?
MJ's Alleged Son
DNA Test Results Are Bogus
Ripped from 'Terminator'
3/7/2014 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Here's a shocker -- the DNA test results that allegedly prove 31-year-old Brandon Howard is Michael Jackson's son are BOGUS ... in fact, so bogus ... the logo from the so-called DNA testing lab was ripped from "Terminator Salvation."
As we reported, FilmOn.com's Alki David put on a spectacle Thursday -- claiming he had DNA results proving singer B Howard was the biological son of the King of Pop. He then produced the results showing a "99.99999%" probability that MJ was Brandon's dad.
TMZ obtained a photo of the DNA doc -- allegedly from a testing facility in Ireland called "DNA Lab." We searched high and low but could find no such generic DNA lab in Ireland.
Skeptical, we investigated -- a simple Google image search of "DNA results" turns up a bunch of sample docs with the same exact easily-stealable format as the one we got.
But the coup de grace -- we then Google image searched "DNA logo" and the first result ... literally ... was the same DNA pic used in the "DNA Lab" logo.
And that's not even the best part -- a reverse image search of the logo shows a bunch of results for "Terminator Salvation." A little more digging revealed the logo was used on PROMOTIONAL T-SHIRTS for the movie.
Can't say we're all that shocked.
MJ's Alleged Son
Positive DNA Match
Or So They Say
3/6/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There's a 99.9% chance a 31-year-old man is Michael Jackson's illegitimate son ... at least that's the claim after an alleged DNA test turned up a match.
According to the test results -- obtained by Alki David and his company, FilmOn.com -- Brandon Howard is almost certainly Michael's son. David told TMZ Live he got MJ's dental impression from a Beverly Hills doctor that he got at an auction. The impression is 30 years old but David says its filled with DNA.
Brandon -- who now goes by B Howard and looks and acts very much like Michael -- was not present for the unveiling, but David says he had Howard's DNA and it matched up.
David would not say which lab performed the DNA test, but says it showed a clear match.
Brandon's mom -- Miki Howard -- is a famous gospel singer who Michael knew. She went by the name "Billy" back in 1982. Interestingly ... a year later Michael released "Billie Jean," which included the lyrics, "Billie Jean's not my lover" and "The kid is not my son."
For B Howard's part -- he's distancing himself from the whole spectacle, insisting he had nothing to do with it.
Brad Pitt & Spike Lee
3/6/2014 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
This might be the coolest family connection ever -- Brad Pitt and Spike Lee ARE COUSINS ... 12th cousins sure ... BUT STILL!!!
The people over at Geni.com (a genealogy website) just made the bizarre connection -- you can see in the diagram how Brad and Spike are connected 12 generations ago. Basically, Brad's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was the brother of Spike's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother.
Funny, the above photo of Brad and Spike was taken at the Governors Ball in L.A. earlier this week -- and they had no idea they're family.
Self-Professed Long Lost Son
Going Public with DNA Evidence ... THURSDAY
3/6/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson has a 31-year-old son -- at least that's what the man claims -- and we're told he plans to go public on Thursday with what he believes is ironclad DNA evidence.
His name is Brandon Howard -- the son of singer Miki Howard, whom Joe Jackson represented back in the 1980s.
Sources close to Brandon tell us, Miki and MJ met in 1982 and Brandon was born soon after.
Brandon grew up in Cleveland and now lives in Miami. He's now a singer who goes by the name B Howard. And he's had some success. We're told he's part of a new Akon song.
As for why B Howard is so sure he's MJ's son ... our sources say he somehow acquired DNA from an old orthodontic device worn by Michael ... it's unclear how he got hold of it, but we're told the test results show a match.
The results will be unveiled Thursday on FilmOn.com.
Oh yeah ... once the DNA results are revealed, he plans to go after the MJ Estate for money.
Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman tells TMZ, "We've never even heard from him," adding, "Any deadline for claiming to be Michael's child has long since passed."
Check out the music video B Howard released in 2011 -- in which he blatantly bites MJ's dance moves and vocals.
Showdown with Terry Bradshaw
'Can I Marry Your Daughter?'
3/5/2014 12:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Terry Bradshaw had a serious decision to make recently -- do I really let a kicker marry my daughter???
Don't worry ... to the delight of Tennessee Titans star Rob Bironas, he said "Yes!"
In case you didn't put two and two together, Bironas is engaged to Terry's oldest daughter Rachel ... but before he popped the question, Rob went the traditional route and asked Terry for his blessing.
"I felt waiting a year before asking for his blessing was both respectful and good timing since I was in season," Rob says.
When he finally got the chance (early one morning at Terry's Oklahoma ranch) ... Rob says the 1-on-1 session with his future father-in-law couldn't have gone better.
“He didn't give me much grief at all. He took it easy on me.”
"The truth is I knew I was going to marry Rachel when I first met her. It was a waiting game. I bought her ring six months earlier and had it sitting in a safe and I couldn't wait to put it on her finger."
The two are set to tie the knot in June. Congrats!
Allen Iverson's Wife
WE BURIED THE HATCHET
... for the Sake of the Kids
3/5/2014 8:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Allen Iverson and his wife have finally made peace -- after years of being at war -- and Tawanna tells TMZ Sports .... she's thrilled the two are finally on the same page so they can co-parent their 5 kids.
Allen and Tawanna have had a very turbulent relationship over the years -- with Tawanna filing for divorce in 2011 ... followed by a very nasty custody battle, allegations of alcohol abuse and claims Allen was trying to screw her out of money.
So, it was a shock when Allen THANKED Tawanna during the Philadelphia 76ers jersey retirement ceremony Saturday night -- giving her props for "helping me grow as a man and taking care of me throughout my career and always being by my side and loving me."
Iverson added, "She'll always be my favorite person in the world."
So, what changed in the past few months??
Tawanna tells us ... the two finally came together and had a long talk about their relationship and their duties as parents.
"We've known each other since we were 16 years old ... and we have 5 kids together. So, we have to do what's best for our kids."
It's unclear if the two will officially get "back together" ... but for now, they're on pretty good terms ... and that's a HUGE deal, considering it was just last year, Tawanna blasted A.I. in court for not living up to his end of the custody arrangement.
"We'll always have a connection with each other," Tawanna says ... noting that she and A.I. are in a "happy" place.
Teresa & Joe Giudice
Let Us Serve Prison Time Separately
We Have Kids!!!
3/5/2014 8:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa and Joe Giudice want to serve their prison terms separately ... so at least one parent can remain with their 4 children while the other is behind bars, TMZ has learned.
Teresa and Joe's attorney Miles Feinstein tells us, the couple will ask the judge to stagger their sentences -- i.e. serve them consecutively rather than concurrently -- for the sake of their four daughters (aged four, eight, nine, and thirteen). Their sentencing date is July 8.
As we reported, the Giudices pleaded guilty Tuesday in their money fraud case -- Teresa to four counts and Joe to five. Teresa faces 21 to 27 months in prison and Joe faces up to 46.
Feinstein is confident the judge will grant their request -- he says the judge has granted similar requests before.
As for the sentences, Feinstein is trying to see the silver lining -- yes it sucks ... but he says the outcome was the best they could have hoped for. Indicted on 41 criminal counts, Feinstein says the couple originally faced 100+ years in prison ... but got off with just a few.
Family Party Turns Into Raging Warfare
3/5/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's son-in-law got his ass beaten by one of Whitney's nephews at a formal family gathering ... and it's all because of a long-simmering family feud ... TMZ has learned.
We're told Whitney's nephew, Gary Michael Houston, went nuclear on Bobbi Kristina's husband, Nick Gordon … allegedly SLAMMING him to the floor and pummeling his face -- accusing him of talking crap about the family.
Family sources tell us ... it all went down at a Sweet 16 party for Whitney's niece, Rayah. We're told it was a formal affair -- everyone in tuxes and long gowns -- but Nick showed up in a hoodie and knit cap and "lookin' like a thug."
Gary felt Gordon had insulted the family one too many times ... as soon as the party was over, he delivered the beat down. We're told it was a lopsided fight -- Nick didn't even get in a single punch.
The two are now sluggin' it out on Twitter. Gordon posted, "F*** all of em they've tried to fight me (Gary H) jealous ass n***a."
In response, Gary tweeted, "He still kind a sore from that last trip I sent him on smh .... I tried to tell him to buckle up lol."
Carolina Panthers Star
I'm a Daddy Again!
Teammate Sends Mamaroo
3/5/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's been a GREAT couple of weeks for Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano ... 'cause right before he signed his new $12 MILLION contract, his wife gave birth to their 2nd kid ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Graham tells us ... right after his son was born (the couple's 2nd boy) ... some of his Panthers teammates sent fancy baby gifts to the house ... including a Mamaroo, courtesy of linebacker Chase Blackburn. Apparently, babies love those things.
Graham says ... even ex-teammates hooked baby Gano up with some fresh gear, including former Panthers defensive end Everett Brown -- who sent several boxes of gifts.
As for how Gano plans to celebrate the new contract, Graham tells us he can't really go crazy because of the kid -- but he does have some bachelor parties coming up and hopes his wife will give him a break from baby duty to let him go.
Yeah, good luck with that!!