Michael Jackson's ex-wife wins defamation case

Rowe sued woman who claimed that she wasn't interested in custody of her kids, but the Jackson fortune

Published March 3, 2010 6:17PM (EST)

A judge has granted Michael Jackson's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, a $27,000 judgment against a woman who she says gave false information to reporters about her after the singer's death.

The amount includes $10,000 in damages for Rowe's emotional distress that she says she suffered after the interview aired on the television show "Extra."

Rowe sued Rebecca White of Key West, Fla. in July. The suit said the woman falsely claimed in interviews that Rowe was only interested in getting money from the singer's family and wasn't interested in gaining custody of her two children with Jackson.

White never answered the complaint. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge entered a default judgment against her Wednesday.

At one point, Rowe sought a nearly $500,000 judgment but later lowered the figure.

By Associated Press

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