'Welfare officers quiz Jackson's children'

Michael Jackson’s children have been interviewed by welfare officers in the wake of the child sex allegations made against him, it was reported today.

Michael Jackson’s children have been interviewed by welfare officers in the wake of the child sex allegations made against him, it was reported today.

Social workers reportedly questioned the children at a Beverly Hills mansion, where they are living with their pop star father.

The quiz comes after Jackson’s parents said they feared officials would try to take their 45-year-old son’s children into custody.

It also comes amid unconfirmed reports that the mother of Jackson’s eldest two children, Debbie Rowe, is about to launch a lawsuit seeking custody of them.

Jackson was at home when his children were questioned, and their nannies were also interviewed, a family source told ABC News in America.

Jackson has two children, Prince Michael, six, and Paris, five, from his three-year marriage to 41-year-old Ms Rowe.

A third child, Prince Michael II, was born to an unidentified woman in 2002.

Jackson has pleaded not guilty to charges that he molested a teenage cancer sufferer at his Neverland ranch after plying him with wine.

After the search of Neverland, near Santa Barbara, California, and Jackson’s subsequent arrest, the star said he could no longer live there.

Meanwhile, Ms Rowe is reported to be concerned that her children are not having a normal upbringing because they have little interaction with other children and are made to wear masks when out in public.

Ms Rowe, who is Jewish, is also said to be worried that the black separatist group, the Nation of Islam, may have influence over the children, as its members are currently handling the pop star’s security.

Jackson’s parenting skills previously came in for criticism when he dangled baby Prince Michael II over a Berlin hotel balcony.

Lawyer Gloria Allred, a long-time critic of Jackson, said last year that she had reported the pop star to California authorities, claiming she feared for the welfare of his children.

Ms Allred briefly represented a 13-year-old boy who filed a civil action against Jackson in 1993.

In December, Jackson’s parents Joe and Katherine Jackson promised that they would look after the children if they were taken away from their son.

Mr Jackson told ITV: “We’re not going to let nobody take those kids. They’re Michael’s kids. They has no right to take those kids.”

Jackson was charged in December with seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent, reportedly wine.

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