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Tito Jackson hit with paternity lawsuit

Jan. 11, 2009 at 12:56 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Former Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson should legally be declared the biological father of a 25-year-old New York woman, a lawsuit alleges.

Tanay Rodney Jackson's lawsuit in Brooklyn Family Court alleges Jackson confessed to her while she was a teenager that he was, indeed, her father although he never publicly admitted their familial bond, the New York Post reported Sunday.

"He told me he was my father when I was 17," the younger Jackson alleges in her suit. "He didn't want it public. He was ashamed."

The 55-year-old Jackson played guitar in the Jackson 5 along with brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and, of course, Michael, who went on to star status as a solo act, as did sisters Janet and La Toya.

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