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Salvador Dalí’s body has been exhumed to extract DNA to settle a paternity case.

Spanish forensic experts took samples from the surrealist painter’s teeth, bones and nails in a four-hour operation.

The exhumation followed a court order on behalf of María Pilar Abel Martínez, a woman who says her mother had an affair with the painter.

If María Pilar Abel Martínez is proved right, she could assume part of the Dalí’s estate, currently owned by the Spanish state.

It may take weeks before the results of the tests are known.

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Salvador Dalí, who died in 1989 at the age of 85, was buried in a crypt in a museum dedicated to his life and work in Figueres, in north-eastern Spain.

A crowd gathered outside the museum to watch as police escorted the experts into the building on July 20.

The exhumation went ahead despite the objections of the local authorities and the foundation carrying Salvador Dalí’s name, both of which claimed that not enough notice had been given ahead of the exhumation.

María Pilar Abel Martínez, a tarot card reader who was born in 1956, says her mother had an affair with Salvador Dalí during the year before her birth. Her mother, Antonia, had worked for a family that spent time in Cadaqués, near the painter’s home.

Last month a Madrid judge ordered the exhumation to settle the claim. It is contested by the Dalí foundation, which manages the estate of the painter, who was not believed to have had any children.

María Pilar Abel Martínez’s action is against the Spanish state, to which Salvador Dalí left his estate.

She says her mother and paternal grandmother both told her at an early age that Salvador Dalí was her real father.

However, the claim has surprised many, including Ian Gibson, an Irish-born biographer of Salvador Dalí, who said that the notion of the artist having an affair that produced a child was “absolutely impossible”.

“Dalí always boasted: <I’m impotent, you’ve got to be impotent to be a great painter>,” Ian Gibson said.


The 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, had a love child, advanced DNA tests revealed.

President Warren Harding fathered a child with Nan Britton during his presidency.

The tests show that Warren Harding, who was married, was indeed the father of Elizabeth Ann Blaesing, Nan Britton’s daughter.President Warren G Harding love child

Warren Harding’s immediate family and the public had rejected the claims and shamed Nan Britton, calling her a liar.

Dr. Peter Harding, one of the former president’s grand-nephews who spearheaded getting the DNA tests done, thinks advanced DNA testing was definitely conclusive.

He and his cousin Abigail Harding pursued the tests with James Blaesing, a grandson of Nan Britton.

Ancestry.com, which provided the test with their AncestryDNA service, confirmed the results were true to the BBC.

Elizabeth Ann Blaesing died in 2005. Her mother wrote a book, The President’s Daughter, in 1927, in an attempt to make money and prove Warren Harding’s paternity after his death at 57 as he had left no financial arrangement for their daughter.Nan Britton and daughter Elizabeth Ann

The scandal rocked the 1920s, also known as the “Roaring Twenties” – the president was married and much older than Nan Britton.

In the past, the Blaesing family did not want to submit to DNA tests, thinking it insulting to their late matriarch.

Austrian forensic scientists have failed to match charred human remains with DNA samples in a Mexican inquiry into missing students, officials say.

Mexican prosecutors said scientists at Innsbruck University were unable to find sufficient DNA in the remains believed to belong to the 43 students.

The laboratory is now offering to carry out a more advanced test on samples not rendered unusable by excessive heat.

The Mexican students disappeared in the south-western city of Iguala on September 26.

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The new test would take about three months and it is uncertain whether the examination of the last remaining samples will offer any clues.

It is alleged that the group of trainee teachers was seized by local police before being handed to a drug gang.

Prosecutors say the gang killed them, dumped and incinerated their bodies at a waste site, and scattered the ashes in a local river.

Only one student has been identified from the charred remains.

The forensic scientists at Innsbruck are considered leading experts in identifying damaged remains through DNA testing.

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Kourtney Kardashian confirmed on Thursday that Scott Disick is the biological father of her three-year-old son Mason despite Michael Girgenti’s paternity claims.

And pictures have emerged of Scott Disick which appear to be just after he learned of the paternity results.

Scott Disick, 30, looks relieved as he keeps his head down while leaving a Los Angeles hospital, with Kourtney Kardashian, 34, and Mason following behind him.

Kourtney Kardashian was asked by model Michael Girgenti to allow Mason to undergo the test, after he claimed they slept together while she and Scott Disick were on a break from their relationship in March 2009.

But lab results from tests conducted on August 12 have proved his allegations are false.

As they left the hospital on Thursday, Kourtney Kardashian also appeared to be relieved, looking more relaxed than she has done in recent days as she walked along hand-in-hand with her little boy.

As she confirmed the paternity results on Thursday, Kourtney Kardashian told E! News: “After three-and-a-half years of lies being spread by an individual I met briefly at a photo shoot, I am setting the record straight that Scott is Mason’s father. 

Kourtney Kardashian confirmed that Scott Disick is the biological father of her son Mason despite Michael Girgenti's paternity claims

Kourtney Kardashian confirmed that Scott Disick is the biological father of her son Mason despite Michael Girgenti’s paternity claims

“While it saddens me to have to address these ridiculous lies – especially when the truth was never in doubt – this story must be put to rest.”

However, Michael Girgenti appeared to not have accepted the results of the text as conclusive and plans to press ahead with the paternity lawsuit he filed earlier this month.

“We don’t trust the results and believe it could have been fixed,” his spokesperson told Radar.

“Still going to court to fight for court ordered results.”

Michael Girgenti had claimed that he fathered Kourtney Kardashian’s son Mason amid a steamy love affair.

But before taking the case to court, he reportedly wrote an impassioned letter to Kourtney Kardashian urging her to submit to a DNA test.

According to RadarOnline the letter, dated April 23, stated that the 26-year-old male model wished to avoid dragging Kourtney Kardashian and her partner Scott Disick to court.

“My attentions [sic] are not to hurt the family you’ve created with Scott,” Michael Girgenti wrote.

“Please take this final request for a DNA test seriously,” he wrote before taking on a more stern tone: “Because if you don’t, I will be forced to take legal action and sue.”

He continued: “I assure you I don’t take being a father lightly. I will be a great father to Mason.”

Last week, Michael Girgenti filed paperwork at a Los Angeles County Superior Court in a bid to get joint custody of Mason.

The lawsuit documents the alleged relationship between Kourtney Kardashian and Michael Girgenti, which he claims heated up in August 2008, and continued with months of texting in which she told him her relationship with Scott Disick was “on the outs” and “she wanted to hang”.

According to gossip website TMZ.com, Michael Girgenti wanted the judge to order DNA tests for Kourtney Kardashian, Mason and Scott Disick.

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British actor Mark Lester, godfather to all Michael Jackson’s kids, has vowed to have DNA tests to prove he is the ­father of Jacko’s three children, the Sunday People reported.

Mark Lester, 54, believes there is a “good possibility” he is their biological dad.

The former child star, who was Michael Jackson’s best pal for 30 years, donated sperm to the ­superstar a year before the singer’s first child, Prince Michael, was born.

Now Mark Lester, who has not been ­allowed to see Prince Michael, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11, since Michael Jackson’s death in June 2009, has sent them a message: “I’m here, come and visit England, we’ll look after you.”

Speaking exclusively to the Sunday People, Mark Lester said: “After Michael asked me to donate sperm for him I completely forgot about it.

“He was a great dad to them, brought them up and was brilliant with the kids so I just didn’t go there but there is obviously a good possibility (that I could be the biological father).

“I wouldn’t have a DNA test without the children’s permission but when the children come of age, and it’s not far away, and they decide they want me to do it then I will. It is up to them.

“I don’t want to tell them what to do. I just want to reconnect and be the godfather that Michael made me.”

In his first interview for almost four years, father-of-four Mark Lester says the resemblance between his 18-year-old daughter Olivia and Michael Jackson’s girl Paris is striking.

And young Prince Michael had an astonishing similarity to Mark Lester when he was a child star. But the actor now feels “locked out” by the Jackson family ­following claims he is the dad. Dozens of ­his calls have gone unanswered.

Last month Mark Lester was invited to Los Angeles by Michael Jackson’s former manager Dieter Weisner only to discover it would not be possible to see the children. The kids are set to take the stand as ­witnesses in a $40 billion lawsuit brought against concert promoter AEG Live.

Michael Jackson’s family claim AEG, which organized his 50 farewell gigs planned for London’s O2 Arena, ­ignored health fears about the singer.

Mark Lester says he would happily give ­evidence to defend his friend of 30 years. He said: “Michael was a great friend to me and I would defend his name in the court case if I have to.”

He first met Michael Jackson in 1978 at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park, North London, where the singer was performing with the Jackson 5.

The pair, then both 20, immediately hit it off, ­sharing burgers and soft drinks and chatting for over three hours.

Mark Lester, godfather to all Michael Jackson’s kids, has vowed to have DNA tests to prove he is the ­father of Jacko’s three children

Mark Lester, godfather to all Michael Jackson’s kids, has vowed to have DNA tests to prove he is the ­father of Jacko’s three children

When Michael Jackson flew back to America, they kept a long-distance friendship. The singer often phoned Mark Lester at 3 a.m. for a chat because he couldn’t grasp the different time zones.

Mark Lester, who shot to fame at the age of 8 when he starred in the Lionel Bart film Oliver!, said: “We ended up great friends. Michael had so many ­people and security around him but had very few people that knew him really closely. I became one of those lucky few.

“Michael lived in a bubble. He barely knew any famous person outside the music world.

“He was once introduced to tennis player Boris Becker in Germany and had no idea who he was.”

In 1991 Mark Lester fathered his first child to first wife Jane. Just two years later another daughter, Harriet, was born and in 1995 he fathered his third daughter, Olivia.

Just months later, Michael Jackson called Mark Lester with an unusual request.

The actor said: “I remember Michael ringing and saying, <<Oh, you don’t have any fertility difficulties do you?>>. He was half joking so I joked, <<Oh, I just look at her and she gets pregnant>>.

“So then in a light-hearted way he said, <<Will you help me out?>>. Initially I thought he wanted me to do something with his ex-wife Debbie Rowe and I was thinking, <<I don’t think so>>.

“Then out of the blue about a year later, he mentioned sperm donation and I agreed.

“Michael set it up for me to turn up to a clinic in Harley Street, London to do it. It was weird.

“I went in a couple of times to donate but we never talked about it ever again.

“It was a really strange request but while Michael was alive I never gave it another thought. I didn’t ­donate to get something out of it.”

In February 1997, Michael Jackson announced the birth of his first son with Debbie Rowe, Prince Michael.

Paris followed in 1998 and Prince Michael II, also known as Blanket, arrived in 2002.

As the children grew up, a paternity puzzle arose amid speculation Michael Jackson looked different to his three kids.

He and his family vehemently denied claims the children were not his.

Mark Lester, who was made godfather by the superstar to all three kids in 2001, said: “While he was alive, I never ever thought the children were anyone else’s but Michael’s.”

Mark Lester’s children, including son Felix, now 13, became close friends with Michael Jackson’s kids and the two families ­became almost inseparable, spending school holidays and weekends ­together. Mark Lester, now a trained osteopath living in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, said: “Every time Michael came to the UK, which was at least six times a year, I used to take my children to see his.

“They always got on really well. Olivia and Harriet would play with Paris.

“We always used to stay at an isolated cottage at the Cliveden House hotel in Berkshire. I even took the kids to his home in the US. We were like one big happy family.”

Just three months after announcing the AEG Live tour at the O2, Michael Jackson, who was reported to be $150 million in debt, was found dead at the age of 50 after overdosing on painkillers and tranquillizers.

His doctor Conrad Murray was later convicted of manslaughter and jailed for four years.

Mark Lester said: “When I heard the news I was devastated. I never saw him take any drugs. I managed to get to America for his memorial service and that was the last time I saw the children.”

Two months after Michael Jackson’s death, his friend Uri Geller mentioned to Mark Lester that he could be the dad.

Mark Lester, who claims he had never previously thought about it, said: “Then I noticed the likenesses in my own children and his.

“My daughter Olivia looks like Paris. People have also pointed out similarities between myself when I was younger and Prince.”

But after hearing the claims, the Jackson family stopped answering Mark Lester’s calls.

Mark Lester said: “I just feel it is really cruel that our relationship has just been cut off. It is not what Michael would have wanted.”


Kris Jenner was feeling the pressure tonight in the hotly-anticipated seventh season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians – as a result of the media frenzy concerning Khloe Kardashian’s biological father.

Kris Jenner revealed in her memoir that she had an affair around the time her daughter Khloe Kardashian was conceived.

Regardless of Khloe Kardashian’s feelings on the matter, Kris Jenner looks into paternity testing in order to quash the rumors that she’s not a Kardashian once and for all.

Bruce Jenner doesn’t think Kris needs to prove anything to Khloe Kardashian concerning her biological father but the momanager organizes for DNA samples to be taken from the whole family.

“Khloe has had it with me torturing he over this swab test,” says Kris Jenner, but it seems that in fact she is more worried about vindicating herself and that is why she will not drop the issue.

Meanwhile the sister’s are having a power struggle over the operation of DASH as Kourtney Kardashian has been looking at spaces for a new store and going to buying appointments without telling Kim or Khloe.

“She thinks she’s the president of DASH and that just isn’t the case,” says Kim Kardashian. But Kourtney counters that Kim is always too busy to help so she ends up doing everything by herself.

Kris Jenner steps in and points out to Kourtney Kardashian that she is being a control freak and the business belongs to all three of them.

This spurs Kourtney Kardashian into inviting her sisters to a design meeting for the new store prompting Kim to say: “I’m going to make myself more available.”

Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian make up and agree to drop the DNA test and forget about it

Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian make up and agree to drop the DNA test and forget about it

Khloe Kardashian also promises to fly in from Texas whenever she’s needed.

“I almost forgot how much fun we have at Dash when the three of us are together,” Kourtney Kardashian admits.

Back at home Kris Jenner is alienating Bruce with her busy schedule and controlling ways causing him to take up Khloe’s offer to move into her empty house.

Scott Disick comes over and hangs out with Bruce Jenner.

“This is an experiment to see if anyone misses me. I don’t think anyone could live with Kris,” Bruce Jenner tells him.

Scott Disick admits that he doesn’t sleep in the same bed as Kourtney Kardashian anymore either leaving them both mulling over what has just happened.

Bruce Jenner goes home and realizes that Kris has not even noticed that he’s been gone for two days.

“No one shows me any respect around here. Either it’s going to change or I’m the hell out of here,” he threatens.

But Kris Jenner is having none of it and replies: “You haven’t been part of the team for a very long time. Speak up once in a while and act like you care about what’s going on here.”

Bruce Jenner realizes that if he is to get some family time with Kylie and Kendall he needs to confiscate their cell phones for the evening and go out for ice cream and Bruce is thrilled that they have really communicated.

Kris Jenner has planned a family dinner at home to try and get the whole family on side to persuade Khloe Kardashian to have a DNA test.

Kim Kardashian thinks she should saying: “Khloe call me crying hysterically looking for answers.”

But Kourtney Kardashian does not think Khloe should be pressured into anything and Rob thinks the whole situation is absurd.

Khloe Kardashian refuses to take a DNA test when she is ambushed by a doctor showing up the dinner.

“It’s not about me. It’s actually about Mom,” Khloe Kardashian reasons.

The next day at lunch Kim Kardashian confronts Kris Jenner about the fact that she is actually worried about preserving her own reputation and she decides to write Khloe a letter to explain how she feels.

After reading the letter Khloe Kardashian sticks by her decision not to take the test saying: “I don’t need someone to tell me who my family is. I have had the blessing of having two phenomenal fathers. I don’t need a DNA test to prove who my father is.”

Mother and daughter make up and agree to drop the matter and forget about it.