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Wednesday
Jul252012

Jackson Family Feud: Randy Jackson Says Katherine Jackson to Head Home

Lester Cohen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Katherine Jackson, apparently struggling with bad health, is headed back to Los Angeles from Arizona after she was reported missing last week, her son Randy told ABC’s Good Morning America this morning, also denying reports of a physical altercation among family members.

"My mom is on her way back to Los Angeles," Jackson said. "It was under doctor's orders that she go [away from L.A.]. Her health was really bad, and he wanted her to go somewhere where she couldn't be on the phone, and be cut off from the outside world for a few days."

Katherine Jackson, the 82-year-old legal guardian of her late son Michael Jackson's three children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- was reported missing Saturday after her grandchildren hadn't heard from her in days. She was found "resting" with her daughter in Arizona. X17Online obtained a photo of Jackson smiling and playing Uno with family in Arizona.

Speaking by telephone, Randy Jackson this morning also raised questions about Michael Jackson's second will, and whether the executors of Michael Jackson's estate, John Blanca and John McLain, are telling the truth about when and where the pop star signed it.

Some of the Jackson siblings have called the will "fake" and want Blanca and McLain to step down.

"The question is on July 7, 2002, they swore under penalty of perjury that the will was signed by Michael Jackson in Los Angeles," he said on Good Morning America. But there is footage that shows on July 7 that my brother was in Harlem with Al Sharpton.

"He was there the day before and the day after. I want some answers. How come John Blanca and John McLain have not answered that question?" Randy Jackson asked. "Anything other than that is the estate using my mother, my nephews and nieces as pawns to protect their own financial greed and gain."

He also denied reports of physical altercations among family members, which include an unsubstantiated TMZ story that Janet Jackson slapped her niece, Paris Jackson, in the face Monday while trying to take away her cellphone.

"We started to film on our cellphones ... this has been sensationalized out of control," Randy Jackson said this morning. "There was no slapping, no calling of names. This is all meant to take attention from the question that has not been answered [about Michael Jackson's will]."

As for the Monday incident, Sandra Ribera, Katherine Jackson's attorney, said Randy, Jermaine and Janet Jackson showed up Monday, broke through a security gate and apparently tried to take Michael Jackson's kids away. No arrests were made after police arrived, but Ribera said the scene was "chaos."

Ribera, who on the scene Monday, believes the issue was about Paris Jackson's tweeting. Paris had been updating her Twitter account in the past few days, asking for help finding her missing grandmother. Ribera said the children did not know where their grandmother was.

Paris Jackson, 14, tweeted Tuesday, "9 days and counting ... so help me god i will make whoever did this pay."

Ribera said Tuesday that while the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department considered the case closed, she and Michael's children were "exhausting other options" to find Katherine Jackson, including seeking help from the FBI and local law enforcement in Arizona. She said Jackson is being preventing from contacting her grandchildren "by the people that she is staying with," but she declined to name anyone specifically.

There are a few different sides to the story, and Randy Jackson also gave his to the Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC Tuesday. "We did go to the home, to let Paris and Prince know that they can visit with or talk to their grandma at any time," Jackson said.

Brother Marlon Jackson broke down into tears when he told The Insider he doesn't know where his mother was.

"We don't know where she is," attorney Ribera told ABC's Nightline Tuesday. "We know that she is in Arizona, allegedly, but we don't know where because law enforcement won't give us the address, because it is an ongoing investigation."

Moves were being made to secure the kids' access to their grandmother and appoint a temporary guardian -- most likely one of brother Tito Jackson's children -- while she was still out of the picture.

"All I can say is that efforts are being made as a result of what happened on Monday to make sure that the children are safe and well protected," Ribera said. "These kids love her. ...They want her home."

The drama has been building to a crescendo in recent weeks and it's not just about the children. Michael Jackson's estate is also being disputed by his siblings, who want the executors of his will to step down. The late King of Pop left his entire estate to his mother and three children.

In response to a letter from Michael Jackson's siblings, the Jackson estate put out a statement saying, "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."

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Tuesday
Jul242012

Michael Jackson's Kids Meet with Court Appointed Guardian

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A court appointed child advocate met with Michael Jackson's children Monday night, sources told ABC News, and is working with them to gain access to Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson's mother and their legal guardian.

Court papers will likely be filed this week to demand Katherine Jackson access to the children. Sources told ABC News that the filing will likely include a request for a temporary guardian and this is expected to be someone already around the children.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to a "family disturbance" at the Jackson family home Monday after, sources said, Randy, Jermaine and Janet Jackson showed up and apparently tried to take Michael Jackson's kids away.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Monday there was a "scuffle" between two family members at the Calabasas home of family matriarch Katherine Jackson, but no arrests were made.

TMZ posted a photo of siblings Janet and Jermaine Jackson standing outside the home around the time police were called, according to the website.

Katherine Jackson's lawyer, Sandra L. Ribera, issued a statement saying "Jackson family members ambushed Katherine Jackson's home after their vehicle tore through security gates on the tails of the SUV containing Michael Jackson's children."

Ribera said Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson were taken to safe location. "An altercation ensued shortly thereafter and law enforcement arrived at the scene," according to the statement.

This has been the latest drama that has plagued the Jackson family in the past few weeks. Katherine Jackson was reported missing Saturday only to be found "resting" with her daughter in Arizona.

X17Online obtained a photo of Jackson smiling and playing Uno with her family in Arizona. Her children released a statement Monday saying the missing person's report was "created by the very person and persons we are trying to protect our mother from."

Trent Jackson, Katherine Jackson's nephew and confidante, reported her missing. TJ Jackson, Tito Jackson's son, wrote a message to Paris Jackson on Twitter saying the ordeal was unfair: "I know it's completely unfair for them to do this you and your brothers. We will keep trying. I love you."

Paris Jackson tweeted Monday, "8 days and counting. Something is really off, this isn't like her at all. I wanna talk directly to my grandmother."

Katherine Jackson is the legal guardian of her late son's three children and there is no word on who is watching them in Jackson's absence.

Jermaine Jackson released a statement earlier this week about his mother's whereabouts, saying this is all "a conspiracy to deflect attention away from a letter we wrote asking for the resignation of executors" of Michael Jackson's will.

Five of Michael Jackson's siblings last week said his will was fake and the executors of his lucrative estate, John McClain and John Blanca, should step down. Jackson's entire fortune was left to his mother and three kids.

"They [executors of the will] will not stand down because the siblings who were left out of Michael's will want them to," said Zia Modabber, who is the attorney of the Jackson estate.

Howard Mann, Katherine Jackson's business partner, believed money is pulling the family apart.

"I believe that Katherine and the children who are benefactors of the estate fall on one side, and then Randy, Jermaine and Rebbie and Tito fall on the other side," Mann said. "They're a group of people who have a great deal of questions about the administration of the estate."

Modabber said, "I can't speak for them. I don't know what's motivating Jermaine and Randy and some of these others, but money is not a bad guess."

Modabber and Mann faced off in court Monday in a dispute over Mann and Katherine Jackson's selling Michael Jackson merchandise.

"It doesn't matter that it's Howard Mann and he may give some of the money to his family, to Katherine Jackson or anybody else," Modabber said. "You can't take property that belongs to the estate, make money from it, without getting permission from the estate."

Mann's attorney argues the material is and always was owned by Katherine Jackson and her husband, Joe, and not the late King of Pop.

Michael Jackson's estate is now worth about $1 billion and counting.

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Tuesday
Jul242012

Lawyer: We Don't Know Where Katherine Jackson Is

Lester Cohen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- A lawyer for Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson's mother and his children's legal guardian, said that she and the children do not know where their grandmother is and she believes the family matriarch is being kept in the dark about what has happened.

"We don't know where she is," attorney Sandra L. Ribera told Nightline. "We know that she is in Arizona, allegedly, but we don't know where because law enforcement won't give us the address, because it is an ongoing investigation."

Katherine Jackson, the 82-year-old legal guardian of her late son Michael Jackson's three children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- was reported missing on Saturday after her grandchildren hadn't heard from her in days. She was found "resting" with her daughter in Arizona. X17Online obtained a photo of Jackson smiling and playing Uno with family in Arizona.

Michael Jackson's siblings released a statement on Monday saying the missing person's report was, "created by the very person and persons we are trying to protect our mother from."

Ribera said that while the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department considered the case closed, they were "exhausting other options" to find Katherine Jackson, including seeking help from the FBI and local law enforcement in Arizona. She said Katherine Jackson is being prevented from contacting her grandchildren, "by the people that she is staying with," but she declined to name anyone specifically.

Paris Jackson, 14, tweeted Tuesday, "9 days and counting ... so help me god i will make whoever did this pay."

Sources told ABC News that a court-appointed child advocate met with Michael Jackson's children Monday night and is working with them so that they can rejoin their grandmother.

Court papers likely will be filed this week to demand that Katherine Jackson be allowed contact with the children. Sources told ABC News that the filing would likely include a request for a temporary guardian for the children, expected to be someone already around the children.

Ribera would not comment on any arrangements concerning temporary custody of the children, but said that Trent Jackson, Katherine Jackson's nephew and confidant who reported her missing, and Tito Jackson's children, including TJ Jackson, were at Katherine Jackson's Calabasas, Calif., home looking after them in her absence.

"All I can say is that efforts are being made as a result of what happened on Monday to make sure that the children are safe and well protected," Ribera said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to a "family disturbance" at the Jackson family home Monday after Ribera said Randy, Jermaine and Janet Jackson showed up, broke through a security gate and apparently tried to take Michael Jackson's kids away. Ribera said the scene was "chaos."

"It was a surprise kind of greeting, it was friendly -- the kids love their aunts and uncles and cousins, of course -- but then it turned into yelling and flailing of arms," Ribera said. "It was very aggressive, a kind of ambush-type scenario, and I saw with my own eyes the kids exit down the back of the house into the canyon to escape."

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Monday there was a "scuffle" between two family members at Katherine Jackson's home, but no arrests were made. Ribera also declined to name who had been involved in the altercation and would only say that Janet Jackson grabbed Paris' cell phone.

"[The children] were very shaken up," Ribera said. "They don't understand why they're being prevented from talking to [Katherine Jackson] and why she's being prevented from calling them. It's been nine days. She's never done this."

Jermaine Jackson released a statement earlier this week about his mother's whereabouts, saying this is all "a conspiracy to deflect attention away from a letter we wrote asking for the resignation of executors" of Michael Jackson's will.

Five of Michael Jackson's siblings last week said his will was fake and the executors of his lucrative estate, John McClain and John Blanca, should step down. Jackson's entire fortune was left to his mother and three kids.

"They [executors of the will] will not stand down because the siblings who were left out of Michael's will want them to," said Zia Modabber, who is the attorney for the Jackson estate.

Howard Mann, Katherine Jackson's business partner, believed money was pulling the family apart.

"I believe that Katherine and the children who are benefactors of the estate fall on one side, and then Randy, Jermaine and Rebbie and Tito fall on the other side," Mann said. "They're a group of people who have a great deal of questions about the administration of the estate."

Modabber said, "I can't speak for them. I don't know what's motivating Jermaine and Randy and some of these others, but money is not a bad guess."

Modabber and Mann faced off in court Monday in a dispute over Mann and Katherine Jackson's selling Michael Jackson merchandise.

"It doesn't matter that it's Howard Mann and he may give some of the money to his family, to Katherine Jackson or anybody else," Modabber said. "You can't take property that belongs to the estate, make money from it, without getting permission from the estate."

Mann's attorney argues the material is and always was owned by Katherine Jackson and her husband Joe, and not the late King of Pop.

Michael Jackson's estate is worth about $1 billion and counting.

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Sunday
Jul222012

Questions Raised Over Whereabouts of Michael Jackson’s Mother

Paul Warner/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- There is concern Katherine Jackson, the 82-year-old matriarch of the famous Jackson music family may be missing, after Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, tweeted that her grandmother has been missing for the past week, but other family members and her attorney say she is fine.

“Yes, my grandmother is missing. I haven’t spoken with her in a week i want her home now,” Paris Jackson tweeted.

Jermaine Jackson, one of Michael Jackson’s brothers, had tweeted Friday that his mother was in Arizona, following doctor’s orders to rest.

Katherine Jackson reportedly left her home in Calabasas, Calif., July 15 to fly to Albuquerque to watch her four sons in concert.  But since then, Paris says she hasn’t been able to get in touch with her grandmother. Paris and her siblings have been living with their grandmother since their father died three years ago.

Katherine Jackson’s attorney, Sandra Ribera, released a statement saying that Jackson left her home with plans of attending her sons’ concerts, but did not end up going to any of the performances.

“Prior to her departure, a doctor was brought to her home and represented that he had been sent from the office of her longtime physician.  Based on this representation, Mrs. Jackson agreed to meet with the doctor who subsequently ordered her to fly rather than drive to her sons’ concerts. Mrs. Jackson followed what she believed to be her doctor’s instructions,” the statement said.

“Moreover, Katherine Jackson’s longtime physician recently confirmed that his office did not send a doctor to Mrs. Jackson’s home last weekend before she left on her trip. It has further been discovered that the doctor that Katherine Jackson last saw has been publicly reprimanded by the California Medical Board for fraudulent activities and has ties to Dr. Conrad Murray.”

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Wednesday
Jul182012

Michael Jackson's Family Demands Executors of Estate Resign: Report

MichaelJackson.com(LOS 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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Tuesday
Jun262012

Conrad Murray Still Maintains His Innocence

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Although it's been three years since Michael Jackson died in his Los Angeles home, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death still maintains his innocence.

Through his lawyers, Dr. Conrad Murray told E! News that although he was found guilty of giving Jackson the lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, he was trying to wean the singer off the drug.  He also shared that the King of Pop developed his propofol addiction from his severe insomnia.

Murray says he regrets that he didn't do more to prove he didn't do anything wrong, including not testifying at trial.  When asked if he felt the Jackson family deserved an apology, Murray said through his lawyers that he didn't.  In fact, Murray said the family needs to give the fallen King of Pop an apology.

Murray also claims that Jackson did not want to be buried in California.  Instead, he claims the singer wanted to be cremated, with his ashes thrown in the Pacific Ocean.  Jackson is currently buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif.

Behind bars, where he's serving a four-year sentence, Murray spends a lot of time reading letters sent to him from around the world, most of which he claims are positive. 

His lawyers say Murray also "reads a lot of historical fiction.  He probably spends 10 hours a day reading."

Murray, who so far has served seven months of his sentence, is required by law to serve all four years.

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Monday
Jun112012

Justin Bieber Says New Song Is His "Billie Jean"

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Bieber has made no bones about the fact that he’s modeling his career after that of Michael Jackson, whom he calls “the greatest.”  So is it any wonder that he’s written a song for his new album that thematically echoes one of the King of Pop’s biggest hits?

Speaking about “Maria,” a track on the deluxe edition of Believe, Bieber told Billboard, “That’s my ‘Billie Jean.’”  The song is about Mariah Yeater, the woman who accused Bieber of fathering her child last year.  Jackson’s song “Billie Jean,” is, of course, a denial that the titular woman was “not his lover,” and the lyrics insist, “the kid is not my son.”

Bieber said of the song, “It was something I wanted to get off my chest, and I could just say it in a song and get my point across without having to worry about the words I’m using in an interview.”

Bieber graces the cover of the new issue of Billboard, and the photo was chosen by his fans via a Facebook vote. Believe hits stores June 19.

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Friday
Jun082012

Michael Jackson's Daughter Reveals Private Moments with Dad

Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Paris Jackson, the only daughter of the late pop icon Michael Jackson, is revealing more than ever about the father she knew.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Sunday's edition of Oprah's Next Chapter, the 14-year-old said she finally understands why her father would cover her face in public during childhood.

"I didn't get why I was wearing a mask, but I understand it now," Jackson said.  "When we went out without him we wouldn't be recognized.  We could have a normal childhood."

Jackson, a budding actress, also recalled how her father told them he wanted to ensure that she and her siblings -- Prince, 15, and Blanket, 10 -- would have a normal childhood because when he was a kid, he was always "stuck in the studio singing."

"And he wanted us to have that," she says.  "Toys R Us and Chuck E Cheese were our favorite places to go."

The King of Pop died in 2009 of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, administered by his physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.  Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison.

The Oprah's Next Chapter interview with Paris Jackson airs Sunday on OWN.

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Wednesday
May302012

Michael Jackson’s Sleepless Letter to Lisa Marie Presley

Julien''s Auctions/Splash(NEW YORK) -- Long before Michael Jackson‘s use of the anesthesia propofol as a sleep aid became known, he wrote a desperate letter to his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley lamenting his need for sleep.

The letter, written in the singer’s childlike scrawl, reads:  “Lisa I truly need this rest I haven’t slept litterally [sic] in 4 days now. I need to be away from phones and Business people. I must take care of my health first Im’ [sic] crazy for you.” It’s signed, “love Turd,” Jackson’s apparent nickname. At the top is a box next to the words “smell here.”

Written sometime between 1993 and 1996, the letter had been slated for auction and had been expected to fetch up to $1,200. But Presley reportedly complained to Julien’s Auctions, the company selling it, and the letter was taken off the auction block.

Owner Darren Julien told TMZ, “I’m assuming it’s a personal nature, and we wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley.”

Presley was married to Jackson from 1994 to 1996.

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Monday
Apr302012

Michael Jackson Had “Romps” with Whitney Houston? 

Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage(LONDON) -- A former bodyguard to Michael Jackson tells British tabloid The Sun the late King of Pop had a series of “romps” with Whitney Houston and even had plans to marry her.

Matt Fiddes, described as a multi-millionaire martial arts master, tells The Sun that Jackson never got over the fact he couldn’t be with Houston permanently.

Fiddes tells how Houston was a regular visitor to Jackson’s Neverland Ranch: “Whitney practically moved in to Michael’s ranch and they had a fling like any other young couple. But Michael said later he had always hoped the relationship had gone further, and I know he dreamed of marrying her.”

Fiddes alleges Jackson was impotent for years, due to a high intake of drugs and alcohol, and that he was haunted by both his baldness and his anorexia. Fiddes even alleges that Jackson was a Nazi sympathizer.

The British bodyguard is launching a legal battle to prove he is the biological father of Michael Jackson’s youngest son, Prince Michael II, aka “Blanket.”  Fiddes claims he made a sperm donation in 2001 after Jackson told him he wanted to “create an athletic child.”  Blanket was born in 2002.  Legal papers are reportedly being prepared for filing in a Los Angeles court to have DNA tests carried out to prove Fiddes' paternity claim.

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