09/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Godfather: Michael Jackson Asked Me For Sperm Because He Couldn't Have Sex With Women (VIDEO)

Mark Lester, a British former child star and godfather to Michael Jackson's three kids, sat down with Matt Lauer on the Today Show Friday to address rumors that he may be Paris Jackson's sperm donor.

"There's a possibility that one, or, very unlikely, but all of those kids could be mine," he said. When Lauer pressed him on whether he knew definitively if he was Paris's biological father, he said he had "no idea, and even if I was, it would make absolutely no difference to the status quo of the family."

"Michael was very shy when it came to women, and he confided in me that he actually found it very difficult to do the sexual act," Lester said. And so, in a seeming non-sequitur, Jackson asked Lester for his sperm around the time Paris was conceived.

Lester failed to explain why Jackson's anxieties about having sex with women impaired his ability to father a child in a test tube.

"Whether he wanted to increase the chances of artificial insemination...he just said he was very very nervous and didn't feel like he was up to going through the act," he said. "I had given something as a gift and I didn't want anything in return for it. That was it. End of story."

Lester, 51, is a father of four in London. He said he would take a paternity test "if called upon" but doesn't want to take on any role other than godfather and friend. He refrained from drawing any conclusions from split-screen shots of Paris and himself, and more puzzling, Paris and his own 15-year-old blonde, fair-skinned daughter.

"She's absolutely beautiful, and I would be honored if that came from me," he said.

Lester did not make any paternity claims when he visited the Today Show in June.


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