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Jermaine Jackson Offers 'Olive Branch,' Backs Off on Estate Claims

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- In the ongoing Jackson family saga, it appears that Jermaine Jackson wants to be the peacemaker.

In a lengthy essay to which he has tweeted a link, Jermaine relates a conversation that he had with his son, Jaafar, in which Jaafar asked him, "Is it true that we cannot visit grandmother's house as a family anymore?"  This "heart-breaking" conversation, writes Jermaine, caused him to reconsider the events of the past few weeks.

"Enough has become enough," he writes.  "After much soul-searching, it is clearly time for us to live by Michael's words about love not war.  In this spirit, I offer this statement by way of extending an olive-branch."

Jermaine then announces that he is rescinding his signature from a letter from him and his siblings Randy, Tito, Rebbie and Janet Jackson, in which they called for the resignation of the executors of Michael Jackson's estate because they have “failed to perform” their duties and “taken advantage of a grieving mother and family."  That letter also claimed that the executors know that Michael's signature on his will is fradulent.

Jermine writes in his essay, "I still hold deep reservations about many issues involving the Estate, and I will continue to bring scrutiny and a resolute voice wherever we have cause for concern. But the way to address such matters is through the proper channels and via a private dialogue, not public conflict."

He goes on to describe himself and his siblings as "understandably and unapologetically over-protective" when it comes to their mother, Katherine, noting, "No-one on the outside has a clue about the stresses and pressures she has been under long before recent events and I, like everyone in the family, adore the ground she walks on."  He notes that "rest is the sole reason" that Katherine went to Arizona, and claims, "[Michael's son] Prince even carried her bags down the stairs and urged her to rest-up, because we all come from the same caring place."

Jermaine also denies that that there was ever a "malicious attempt to 'block' the kids from talking with her," explaining, "We simply worried that a call home would first entail, or lead to, conversations with individuals we are in dispute with and that would, therefore, increase pressure on Mother -- and pressure was what a doctor said she didn't need."

That's why, Jermaine says, he and his siblings last week went to the home in Calabasas, California where Michael's children Prince, Paris and Blanket live: to "discuss arrangements for them to meet with their grandmother."   It was then, Jermaine said, that "we were denied access by security and it was clear that mutual suspicions had allowed events to spiral out of control."  He adds, "I regret that events were ever allowed to reach such a stage.  I regret any distress caused to Prince, Paris and Blanket. That was never, ever the intention of myself, Janet, Rebbie or Randy."

Summing up, Jermaine says he wants to start a "collective dialogue in private" between family members.   "It is time for us all to draw a line in the sand and move towards peace, co-operation, love and healing.  I truly hope that we can find it in our hearts to do so.  Because above and beyond anything else, what family."

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Michael Jackson's Family Demands Executors of Estate Resign: Report ANGELES) -- Several members of Michael Jackson’s family say the executors of the late singer’s estate should resign because they have “failed to perform” their duties and have also “taken advantage of a grieving mother and family," X17online reports.

The report says Jermaine, Randy, Tito, Rebbie and Janet Jackson sent a letter to executors John Branca and John McClain, demanding their resignation.  The letter states that after Michael passed away, Branca told family matriarch Katherine Jackson, “I am Michael Jackson now.”

According to the X17online report, the letter accuses Branca and McClain of knowing Michael’s signature on his will is fraudulent.  The Jacksons claim Michael was not in California when the will was signed on July 7, 2002.  The siblings say they have evidence to support their claims.

Michael Jackson’s estate responded to the family letter with a statement provided to ABC News, saying any doubts about the validity of the singer’s will and his choice of executors have been “thoroughly and completely debunked.” The estate says a challenge to Michael’s will was rejected by several California courts, including the state’s Supreme Court.

The statement goes on to say the executors have diligently carried out their duties to “make sure that [Michael’s] estate benefits the only family members he named in his will -- his mother and his three children.”

The estate statement continues, “We are saddened that false and defamatory accusations grounded in stale Internet conspiracy theories are now being made by certain members of Michael’s family whom he chose to leave out of his will.”

"We are especially disheartened that they come at a time when remarkable progress has been made to secure the financial future of his children by turning around the Estate’s finances as well as during a time when so many of Michael’s fans, old and new, are enjoying his artistry through exciting new projects,” the statement concludes.

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Whitney Houston Leaves Everything to Her Daughter, Bobbi Kristina

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Whitney Houston has left her entire estate to her only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, a source familiar with the documents told ABC News.

However, the 19-year-old will have to wait until she’s 30 to inherit everything.

Houston’s will, which was filed in Atlanta, calls for a trust administered by Houston’s family, the source said. The trust will dole out money to Bobbi Kristina at ages 21, 25 and 30, with other grants at the discretion of the administrators of the trust, according to TV's Inside Edition.

Houston was found dead in a bath at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., on  Feb. 11 at age 48. She had been planning to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party at the hotel thrown that evening by her mentor, the music mogul Clive Davis.

Bobbi Kristina, Houston’s daughter with the singer Bobby Brown, took the death particularly hard and was hospitalized for stress and anxiety after her mother died.

She recently gave her first interview since Houston’s death to the former queen of daytime talk, Oprah Winfrey, whose OWN network plans to air it Sunday at 9 p.m. on Oprah’s Next Chapter.

Bobbi Kristina will share “personal memories of her mom and how she would like the iconic superstar to be remembered,” according to a news release.

Winfrey also interviewed other members of Houston’s family, including her brother, Gary, and his wife, Patricia, the singer’s manager.

“The family also addresses the rumors and speculation surrounding Houston’s death,” the news release said.

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