Jackson Friend Says Rowe Should Not Get Kids

Cascio says Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe has no relationship with her kids.

ByABC News via logo
July 7, 2009, 8:17 AM

July 7, 2009— -- Debbie Rowe, the mother of Michael Jackson's two oldest children, has no relationship with the kids and does not deserve custody, said a former personal assistant of the singer who became friends with Jackson when he was a boy.

Frank Cascio, 28, added his name to a growing list of Jackson friends and associates who believe the pop star's ex-wife should not seek custody of the children, and a court should instead honor Jackson's last will and grant custody to his mother Katherine Jackson.

"Those kids need to be with Katherine and the family," Cascio told "Good Morning America" an exclusive interview. "That's who they need to be with. Not with Debbie."

Cascio told "GMA" his family regularly entertained Jackson at its New Jersey home.

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When asked if the children ever saw their mother, Cascio said, "No. Not at all."

On June 29, four days after Jackson, 50, suffered apparent cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles rental home, a court granted ttemporary guardianship of Jackson's three children, ages 7 to 12, to their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, 79.