Dr. Arnie Klein Lawyers on Jackson Custody Hearing at The InsiderCopyright 2009 Mario Anzuoni / Splash NewsSee More... Lawyers for Dr. Arnie Klein, a dermatologist and friend of Michael Jackson, are speaking out in a new statement about Monday's custody hearing pertaining to Jackson's three children.
This morning, a Los Angeles judge awarded permanent guardianship of Michael "Prince," Paris-Michael, and Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson to the children's grandmother Katherine Jackson. Lawyers for Klein appeared in court Monday but were not given a chance to enter evidence when the judge found Klein had no standing in the case.
Lawyers Mark Vincent Kaplan of Kaplan & Simon and Bradley P. Boyer of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, said in a statement to "The Insider": "At 9:15 AM today, August 3, 2009, we appeared on behalf of Dr. Arnold Klein before Judge Mitchell Beckloff in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Probate Department 5, to ask the Court to allow Dr. Klein to have an opportunity to present evidence to the Court for its consideration in fashioning an appropriate guardianship order with specific protection and supervision in areas relating to Paris Katherine and Prince Michael's upbringing that were of particular concern to Michael. Dr. Klein is not objecting to Katherine Jackson being the guardian nominee, but was acting on promises he made to Michael with respect to assuring the long term health and stability of the children and their ability to enjoy as normal of a life out of the spotlight as could be reasonably possible.
"Dr. Klein has always had a special relationship with Paris Katherine and Prince Michael, loves and cares deeply for these children and is looking out for their best interest. Dr. Klein has been involved with the children in sharing holidays and other special events and wishes to have the ability to continue his involvement as a very close friend of their father and offers his guidance and protection forever.
"Dr. Klein will make no further comments regarding this issue and asks the media to respect the privacy of the children."
The lawyers concluded the statement by declaring they would "file their papers on behalf of Dr. Klein on September 1, 2009."