Just in to the ET newsroom: Court papers filed Thursday afternoon by Debbie Rowe, who is suing a woman for allegedly fueling reports that Rowe is willing to surrender her custody rights over her two children with Michael Jackson for millions of dollars.
In the papers, Rowe sues Rebecca White -- who allegedly claimed she is a "close friend" of Rowe's -- for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Jackson's ex-wife alleges that White fabricated emails and other communications allegedly sent to her by Rowe. Specifically, Rowe claims in the papers that White, during an interview with a media outlet, falsely claimed she received an email in July from Rowe stating of Prince Michael and Paris: "I'm not going after custody. & These kids are not mine. They were never mine. They were always Michael's."
The court papers further allege that Rowe never sent White a second email three days later stating: "My lawyer is telling me I have to take some responsibility about the welfare of the children. & Do I want the kids? Hell no. Does it look good for me to ask for them? Absolutely. I don't want to look like the woman who gave away her kids and just forgot about them. Would Michael want Joe [Jackson] to have them? I think it would be the last thing that he would ever have wanted."
The papers state that Rowe and White have exchanged emails, "but none discussing Mr. Jackson, his family, or Ms. Rowe's children. There are also no emails between the parties since Mr. Jackson's death (with the exception of two sent by Ms. White, to which Ms. Rowe did not respond, and in fact, one of which was not even opened until July 14, 2009, when Ms. White's interview first came to light)."
The lawsuit also claims that White has a history of committing similar "malicious acts" for financial gain against celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, singer Robbie Williams and the late Heath Ledger.
On Tuesday, ET obtained a letter from Rowe's lawyer to The New York Post demanding a retraction on the story they published stating that she will drop the custody fight for $4 million. She will reportedly attend the custody hearing over Jackson's three children on Monday.
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