‘Showbiz Tonight’ host A.J. Hammer talked with his panel about Paris Jackson speaking at the memorial for her father Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Asked if Paris speaking out could have any affect on the judge’s decision in a possible custody fight, investigative journalist Pat Lalama responded, “You know, I don’t think so. I think it was wonderful. I have no problem with Paris speaking. I think every child is different. If someone deems a child is capable emotionally of expressing herself on behalf of her father, so be it. But when it comes to the court of law, particularly family court, it will be about the child’s best interest. I do feel that this child loves her father. And we don`t know. We weren’t in the house, we don’t know how he parented. If she loves her father, that’s an important thing. But I don’t think it`s going to have an impact on what a family law court judge will decide in the end.”
But Jane Velez-Mitchell didn’t agree. “I think this will have an impact because judges are not these deities that live in a vacuum,” the Headline News host told Hammer. “I think they’re people like everyone else. And I think the judge who is going to be deciding this case is definitely aware of this videotape, if not having watched the entire memorial service. And it speaks volumes. It’s not just what she said. It’s the closeness of the family, how they huddled around her, how they were so protective, how she leaned her head on Janet Jackson.”
Video of the interview at Turner.com has since been removed.