Michael Jackson's brother Randy sued his former wife Wednesday to set aside a paternity case default judgment that he says has grown with interest to more than $600,000.
Jackson, 50, filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Alejandra Jackson, who also was once married to another of his siblings, Jermaine Jackson.
According to the suit, Alejandra Jackson filed a paternity case against Randy Jackson in August 1989 concerning their daughter, Genevieve Jackson. She maintains he was served with the petition, but denies she did so, the complaint states.
Alejandra Jackson obtained a default judgment against Randy Jackson in December 1990 with a finding that he was the girl's father and a child support order of $1,200 a month, the suit states. Randy Jackson did not learn of the judgment until July 2008, when county child support officials tried to levy his bank account, according to the suit. Alejandra Jackson could not be immediately reached for comment.
Randy Jackson maintains that in place of child support, he and his former wife agreed in October 1993 that he would provide her, Genevieve and her son, Stephen Randall Jackson Jr., with free room and board at the Jackson family's Encino compound until the children reached age 18, the suit states.
Genevieve Jackson is now 22 and her brother is 19. Alejandra Jackson said she did not want to go to court and was satisfied with the financial arrangements given her and her children, according to the suit. The 1993 agreement was lost for several years, but was finally found in September 2009 by one of Randy Jackson's attorneys, the suit states.
A demand for acknowledgement and satisfaction of judgment was served on Alejandra Jackson, but she did not accept it and with her children "like kings and queens'' until last March, according to the complaint.
Randy Jackson alleges his former wife deliberately failed to tell him about the default judgment so he would not have a chance to defend himself against it. He says more than $5,000 has already been taken from his bank account in satisfaction of the default judgment.
—City News Service