Debbie Rowe gave an interview in 2003 for the Fox rebuttal special “Take Two: The Footage you Were Never Meant to See”.
In that rebuttal interview, she said the same kinds of things (and more) that she also said in a [b]2001[/b] hearing where she terminated her parental rights. Celebrity Justice got their hands on the transcript of that hearing. It’s highly interesting.
Not only did she give up her parental rights to Michael Jackson’s children in 2001, she said she also gave up her visitation rights in 2000.
Download it from CJ’s website here: http://celebrityjustice.warnerbros.com/documents/05/02/04jacko.pdf Or here: http://site.mjeol.com/DebbieRoweGaveUpPaternityRightsIn2001.pdf Excerpts:
Hearing date: October 17 2001 at 1:30 PM (pg 6-8 of doc | pg 3-5 of pdf file)
Q. When is the last time you saw the children?
A. I think it was either August or October of last year when I gave up my visitation rights.
Q. Have you communicated with either of the children —
Q. — Over the past year?
A. Not at all.
Q. Do you wish to communicate with the children?
Q. Do you ever have the desire to call the children over the telephone?
Q. Do you have a desire to send any cards or letters to the children?
Q. Do you want the court to terminate your parental right?
Q. Okay. A. Because —
Q. That was my next question. Why?
A. Because Michael is a wonderful man, first of all, a brilliant father. And it’s the best — as their mother, it is the best interest for the children. I don’t know if Judge Lachs understands this. But when I was seeing them every 45 days, it felt like an intrusion on their life and they’re going to have enough intrusions as it is. I don’t want to be part of it. I’m absolutely around if ever Michael needs me, if the children need me for a liver, kidney, a hello, whatever, I will always be around for him. These are his children. I had the children for him. They wouldn’t be on this planet if it wasn’t for my love of him. I did it for him to become a father. Not for me to become a mother. You earn the title parent. I have done absolutely nothing to earn that title.
Q. How long have you thought about your decision?
A. Since — I’ve thought about it for a year. The reason I didn’t do it a year ago, everybody would have gone “UH”, “Uh”, “Uh”, GASP, GASP, GASP. “Oh my God, have you thought this out?” So just so everybody understands, I’ve thought about this a lot. And this is — this is for what’s the best for the kids.
Original CJ article: February 04, 2005 [i]Rowe Fights Jackson For Child Custody[/i] http://celebrityjustice.warnerbros.com/news/0502/03c.html