Turns out the kid is not Michael Jackson's son. After TMZ reported that the paternity test was bogus, a man has come forward claiming he's the real father of Brandon Howard.

Augie Johnson tells TMZ he fathered Brandon during his relationship with gospel singer Miki Howard in the '80s -- and has remained in his son's life.

Augie insists his son wasn't behind last week's DNA stunt, telling the gossip blog that it was masterminded by "greedy people" around Brandon.

He also says Brandon's resemblance to the pop star is probably due to surgery.