As previously reported by NewsOne, Howard is the son of singer Miki Howard, whom Joe Jackson represented in the 1980s.
According to the results of a paternity test revealed today by FilmOn.com owner Akil David, there is a 99.9% chance that Howard is Jackson’s son.
David told TMZ that he obtained Jackson’s dental impression from a Beverly Hills doctor at an auction and that it is filled with the late singer’s DNA.
Howard, a singer himself who performs under the stage name B Howard, released the following statement through his manager Scott Broomfield:
“To my fans, family, and friends, despite recent allegations, I did not authorize the testing of my DNA to be compared to that of the late Michael Jackson nor did I contact TMZ regarding the publication of the story.
This spring, I agreed to be a part of a documentary with FilmOn.TV and was asked to give a sample of my DNA. Even though I agreed to this I never expected it to be used in this manner.
To this day, I have never claimed to be Michael Jackson’s son nor do I have any intention of pursuing the family’s estate.”
Adding to the mystery, Miki Howard reportedly went by the name “Billy” in the ’80s, leading observers to believe that Jackson’s classic hit “Billy Jean” was about her.
With speculation reaching fever pitch, the songtress has said very little on social media and has issued no statement.